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During a lecture in which Suzuki Roshi was talking about the precepts, he said: "Do not steal. When we think we do not possess something, then we want to steal. But actually everything in the world belongs to us, so there is no need to steal. For example, my glasses. They are just glasses. They do not belong to me or to you, or they belong to all of us. But you know about my tired old eyes, and so you let me use them."

p.100. Richard Baker, Tassajara, summer 1966.