If you really think about what work is you see that everything is work-- being alive and in a body is already work. Every day there is eating and shitting and cleaning up. There is brushing and bathing and flossing. Every day there is thinking and caring and creating. So there’s no escape from work-- it’s everywhere. For Zen students there’s no work time and leisure time; there’s just lifetime, daytime and nighttime. Work is something deep and dignified-- it’s what we are born to do and what we feel most fulfilled in doing.
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Monday, December 19, 2005
Zen and work: