Zen in Everyday Life

Sitting Zazen is Not Enough

Our practice is to see reality as…the wisdom that sees the impermanence and egolessness of all beings… We may practice zazen to pacify or calm ourselves, but that is not enough.  We have to engage in the activity of our day-to-day lives.  Precepts supply guidance for these activities outside of the meditation hall.  Precepts, meditation, and wisdom are called the three basic studies of Buddhism.  All our activities, all the parts of our lives, should become our practice to accomplish the Buddha’s Way with all beings.  ~Shohaku Okumura Roshi, Living by Vow