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While helping Suzuki Roshi to prepare for a marriage ceremony, I said, "Roshi, I donít understand. You recite the same thing at every wedding. You say to the man, 'You have married the perfect wife,' and then you say to the wife, 'You have married the perfect husband.' You say that no matter who it is."

He smiled at me mischievously and said, "Oh, you donít understand?"

.p.53. Janet Sturgeon, Tassajara, 1971.