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Brit Pyland

which came in the form of a gentle correction to something in DC's first notes on Suzuki posted 4-26.


DC wrote: Once Herman Aihara, a leading spokesman for Macrobiotics, came to Tassajara and Loring and I wanted him to speak in the dining room to students and I asked Suzuki and he said, "In Japan we'd never do anything like that. Zen masters are jealous of their students and temples and don't let other people speak there but this is America and you all are very open and so maybe here this time it's okay." So Herman spoke.

Here I had written that Suzuki didn't come only to be corrected by Brit Pyland who wrote:

I think that Suzuki roshi did attend, or at least to the last part of the talk. I remember Suzuki Roshi coming up to Herman afterward in the courtyard outside the dining room door, patting him gently on the back, and saying "Don't worry so much." And the Summer night air of Tassajara absorbed everything.


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