Daily Wisdom / Zen

Hidden Practice and Scrupulous Application

book cover“What is ‘hidden practice and scrupulous application’?” someone asked.

It certainly doesn’t mean sneaking off to some mountain and sitting like a block of wood on a rock or under a tree “silently illuminating” yourself. It means immersing yourself totally in your practice at all times and in all your daily activities—walking, standing, sitting, or lying down. Hence, it is said that practice concentrated in activity is a hundred, a thousand, even a million times superior to practice done in a state of inactivity.

From Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin, translated by Norman Waddell, page 30

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