Uchiyama Roshi, commenting on the nature of what he termed 'adult practice', said:
For children, kindergarten and elementary school are necessary. They have nothing to learn at a university. You have to be mature, an adult, to climb walls of doubts and difficulties that you will encounter in your practice. What is the exact difference between childish practice and adult practice? Simply put, the question is if you are able to wipe your own ass or not. Kids want to be carried around by "big people". An adult has to walk on his own feet, face the difficulties of his own life, solve his own doubts.Who would learn to wipe everyone else's ass before learning to wipe his/her own? There's a lot of dirty asses out there.
When there's still someone else to blame for me not wiping my own ass then I'm still some way away from my own practice. I think it's all a valid observation, even if I don't always live up to it.
Now, time for a word from my esteemed and enlightened detractors (I hope you brought plenty of bog roll)... :-p