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One time I was at Sokoji in the afternoon on some business, when Suzuki Roshi asked to see the cherry blossoms that were in bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. I had never been alone with him before outside the temple. All the way there he said nothing, but just sat calmly looking out at the passing scene. As I drove up to the garden, and the profusion of pink blossoms came into view, he simply gazed at them for a moment, then said, "Very beautiful. Let's go back now."

p.94. Mike Dixon, San Francisco, circa 1966.