At its heart, the practice of Buddhism is about alleviating suffering. It's about a life of service, of being useful to others seen and unseen. But often what holds us back is our delusions about practice. Many of us get stuck in the golden chain of spiritual practice, the expectation that practice will solve all our problems. We need to let go of our expectations and explore our own wisdom and compassion so we can respond skillfully to others. No one else can tell us how to do this: we must each keep asking "How?" for as long as we live. This questioning allows us to reap the rewards of a conscious, heart-centered life.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Book of Equanimity, Case 66:
Xuefeng's Head and Tail