You might think you could practice zazen much better if you had no problem, but actually some problem is necessary. It doesn’t have to be a big one. Through the difficulty you have you can practice zazen. This is an especially meaningful point, which is why Dogen Zenji says, “Practice and enlightenment are one.” Practice is something you do consciously, something you do with effort. There! Right there is enlightenment.
from the book Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
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Further quotes from the book Not Always So:
- Existing in each instant of time
- Going beyond the realm of good and bad
- Wherever you are, enlightenment is there
- That is why we practice zazen