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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Practice, Practice, Practice



The defining characteristic of guarding alertness
In brief is only this:
To examine again and again
The condition of my body and mind.

Therefore I shall put this way of life into actual practice,
For what can be achieved by merely talking about it?
Will a sick man be benefited
Merely by reading the medical texts?

-Santideva, "Bodhicaryavatara"

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4 comments:

Trev Diesel said...

"Will a sick man be benefited
Merely by reading the medical texts?"

I love it! This is a needed challenge for folks like me who are too much "in our heads"...

...who like to read and blog...

Hahah, and what an appropriate thing to read on the morning where I decided to sleep in instead of getting up for zazen. :)

James said...

Trev:

Yeah, I tend to "take care of other things" before I sit and sometimes that prevents me from sitting at all. I've been doing well with a regular practice the last month or so though.

I bow to the Buddha within you friend. :)

dragonflyfilly said...

Books, Books, Books...lol, that is my problem, that and WORDS WORDS WORDS, isn't there a song about that, words getting in the way...and so on?

yip, yip, yip trev me too, too much in my head!

nameste
pj

"James" said...

Yep books are a big part of our learning process but in the end nothing substitues for sitting and putting it all into practice.

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