It is not enough to have insight; we must be able to put it into action in every area of our lives. That’s why it is said that wisdom without compassion is not true wisdom. At each step we have the ability to act for the benefit of all beings which, of course, includes our own benefit. But we must be willing to let go of all of our ideas, all abstract notions about practice, so we can truly bring it to life.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Book of Equanimity, Case 66:
Jiufeng's Head and Tail
Zen Mountain Monastery—June 22, 2012