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One day while editing a transcription of Suzuki Roshi's first lecture on the Sandokai, I came upon the phrase, "things as it is." I asked him if perhaps he had not meant to say "things as they are," which I thought to be proper syntax.

"No," he said, "what I meant is 'things as it is.'"

26. Alan Marlowe (RIP), Tassajara, 1970.