a short history of Zen practice

July 25th, 2010

People used to think they couldn’t practice because they were only human.
They couldn’t practice because they had families.
Children and jobs.
Too many things to do.
And not enough time to do them.
They couldn’t practice because they were poor.
Because they lived in a certain town and not another.
They couldn’t practice because they didn’t know how.
Hadn’t read the right book.
Met the right teacher.
Found the right place.
Weren’t lucky, fated or called.
Were hobbled by time, space and circumstance.
And that practice didn’t matter. (At least not that much.)
People used to think a lot of crazy things.
And then they practiced.

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4 Comments »

  1. “People used to think a lot of things. And then they practiced.”

    That made me smile. I love how you show the simple, underbelly of life, of practice.

    Comment by 6512 and growing — July 25, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  2. A perfect reminder. No excuses. Practicing right now.

    Comment by Lisa — July 26, 2010 @ 12:39 am

  3. I still think a lot of crazy things, but I’m practicing!

    Comment by Mama Zen — July 26, 2010 @ 3:13 am

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