“Dogen defined practice as giving life to your original self. This is not giving life to your deluded self, which we do all the time, but to your original self, your basic goodness, or you could say to your Buddha nature, which each one of us intrinsically possesses whether we realize it or not. This is the word practice. It can be understood in a very oceanic way or in a very shallow way, but still practice is always practice, and its truth is to ignite and reveal your true self within your everyday life.”
Kwong J. "No beginning, no end. The intimate heart of Zen." Harmony Books, NY, 2003.