"To what extent the habit of sitting can impress and change us becomes clear only when we have taken pains to practice it. After a short time we find ourselves asking: how is it possible that such a simple exercise can have such far-reaching effects on the body and soul? Sitting still, we begin to realize, is not what we had imagined physical or spiritual practice to be. We are faced, therefore, with the question: “What is it we are really practicing if, although both are affected it is neither body nor spirit?” The answer to this is that the person who practices is himself being practiced."
–Karl Graf Dürckheim (October 24, 1896 – December 28, 1988), German diplomat, psychotherapist and Zen Master on meeting the forces of everyday life, from our Fall 2006 issue on the theme of peace.
Image: Japanese Hanging Scroll of Bodhidharma seated on grass, by Hakuin Ekahu. From Song of the Brush.