From “The Snow Leopard”,  by Peter Matthiessen

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The sherpas are alert for ways in which to be of use, yet are never insistent, far less servile; since they are paid to perform a service, why not do it as well as possible?  [… ] Yet their dignity is unassailable, for the service is rendered for its own sake – it is the task, not the employer, that is served. As Buddhists,  they know that the doing matters more than the attainment or reward, that to serve in this selfless way is to be free.

From “The Snow Leopard”,  by Peter Matthiessen

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