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Practice is the practice of barriers. Sometimes when we step out of the usual routine of life, out of our daily habit patterns, and put ourselves into a situation different from what we do every day, then when barriers or challenges appear, they appear with a different face. But we have to understand that they are the same, because challenges–whatever they are–are nothing other than ourselves. And the way we encounter a barrier, the way we practice it and pass through it is the way we live our lives.

John Daido Loori, Roshi

“It is there that our realization functions and manifests itself in everything that we do; in the way we drive a car, raise a child, maintain a relationship, grow a garden, live a life. If our practice doesn’t function there, what good is it? Why are we doing it?

~ John Daido Loori; from The Eight Gates of Zen