A very famous, so famous it may be apocryphal, zen quote says:

Before Enlightenment chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water.

What does this mean? Specifically, is the discourse saying that time without effort is wasted time?

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    I hope you don't mind if I close this as duplicate. – ChrisW Sep 13 '16 at 23:42

Admittedly, I am not a well-versed student of Zen ... or Buddhism for that matter. However, I will offer my interpretation: Before you achieve enlightenment you will have to do chores associated with everyday living. Then, even after becoming enlightened, you will still have to do the same chores - becoming enlightened does remove the need to deal with everyday things.

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