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The Middle Way at Work

 

When Smart People Do Dumb Things

Juyi asked, “What is the profound point of the Buddhadharma?”

Daolin answered, “Refraining from harmful action and practicing helpful action.”

Juyi retorted, “Bah, even a three year old could say that!”

Daolin replied, “A three year old could say it, but not even an eighty year old can practice it!”

—Dogen Zenji, Shoaku Makusa

THE HUMAN MIND is a thicket, full of impediments to following the path. Even when we know perfectly well what to do, we often don’t do it. Some call this fear of success; others call it fear of failure; still others say the problem is perfectionism. ...

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