Monday, July 30, 2007

Daily Dharma: Practice Simply Stated

Today's Daily Dharma from Tricycle distills practice down to the real work.

Practice Simply Stated

Practice can be stated very simply. It is moving from a life of hurting myself and others to a life of not hurting myself and others. That seems so simple--except when we substitute for real practice some idea that we should be different or better than we are, or that our lives should be different from the way they are. When we substitute our ideas about what should be (such notions as "I should not be angry or confused or unwilling") for our life as it truly is, then we're off base and our practice is barren.

~ Charlotte Joko Beck, in Everyday Zen

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