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July 07, 2010


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I've thought a bit about the word "practice" over the short time I've been "practicing".
With spiritual practice, I find the line between practicing and doing is very thin.
I'm practicing life, but is life on pause while I'm practicing?

I think the "facility" becomes apparent when we return from our pauses, probably even more apparently to those close to us than ourselves.


10,000 hours to become an expert. That's not a lot of time when you really think about it. That's about 6.67 years if I practice 7.5 hours a day x 5 days a week for 40 weeks.

OTOH, at 18 hours a day x 7 days a week x 52 weeks, it will take me 1.5 years...

But then I'm an expert and the possibilities narrow and I make more mistakes (according to Suzuki roshi and other research).

I can't win for losing, Barry!

jeff sears

Perhaps we practice to realize (over and over again) that we've always been an expert.

Barry Briggs

Better not to be an expert . . . is that what you're saying, Genju? If so, then I'm in good shape!

Jeff, perhaps we practice to realize (over and over) that we've never been an expert. There's something genuine in that, perhaps.

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