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We were all fascinated with the notion of enlightenment, but Suzuki Roshi said it was not the point that needed emphasis. Once, in an interview, I decided to address the matter directly. "I am here to be enlightened," I said.

He shot me a piercing glance, and then quietly replied, "If your practice continues, enlightenment will come. But even if it does not, if your practice is good, it is almost the same."

p.105. Lew Richmond, Sokoji, 1968.