‘Once you have seen the ox, make ox herding your only concern.’ (On Kensho)

I remember reading, perhaps in Crooked Cucumber, that Richard Baker, after a couple of years of studying with Suzuki Roshi, said to a friend something like, ‘If we knew what we were doing, we would spend the rest of our lives doing this.’ There was a time, and I cannot pinpoint it exactly, but at least a dozen years ago now, where I had the same feeling. What else could I possibly want to do with my life but this?

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