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
from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book
If I hurt myself and others now, how can I stop doing this without making myself into someone who doesn't hurt myself and others? And if I make myself into someone who doesn't hurt myself and others, how can I do this without making myself into someone different than I am now? And how can I make myself into someone different than I am now without thinking I should be different and wanting to be different than I am now?
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