The daily grind, the successes and failures, the hard work and stress, all gradually unfold as a profound teaching. And central to that teaching was the realization that the spiritual path is nothing other than living our very life, fully and confidently, in the immediate moment - and that nothing can be excluded, especially not our jobs.
Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 (Best Buddhist Writing), Pages: 148
In Buddhism, both learning and practice are extremely important, and they must go hand in hand. Without knowledge, just to rely on faith, faith, and more faith is good but not sufficient. So the intellectual part must definitely be present. At the same time, strictly intellectual development without faith and practice, is also of no use. It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.
Never say, "Wow, what a coincidence!" There are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason. Everything that happens to you in life is a lesson. If you choose to learn the lesson, you move on to the next lesson. If you choose not to learn, you will repeat the lesson as many times as it takes to learn.
Source: Revolutionary Spirituality: Awakening to Your True Self, Pages: 195