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The Daily Dharma – February 1, 2022

Zenkei Blanche Hartman Photo by Jogen Salzberg

But I need to be careful not to suggest that anyone should practice expecting some particular result. Suzuki Roshi often cautioned: “No gaining idea! No goal-seeking mind!” He said, “The most important point in our practice is to have right or perfect effort. Right effort directed in the right direction is necessary. If your effort is headed in the wrong direction, especially if you are not aware of this, it is deluded effort. Our effort in our practice should be directed from achievement to nonachievement . . . When you are involved in some dualistic practice, it means your practice is not pure. We do not mean to polish something, trying to make some impure thing pure. By purity we just mean things as they are.”

Blanche Hartman
from Buddha’s Daughters; Teachings from Women Who are Shaping Buddhism in the West