For us performers, “practice” is what we do to enter performance intentions and details into our physical memory. What a Buddhist means by the word is a conscious daily performance of rituals, behaviors, thought direction, etc. Religious practice is a discipline of thought and behavior - but it is a comprehensive, daily and lifelong, practice. There is nothing to be accomplished - it is a way of life. A professional practice such as medicine involves both these approaches - it combines deeply learned skills with comprehensive, daily interconnection with developments in the field, individual patients, colleagues, and unresolvable problems. The field of medical practice is in motion and requires continual study, learning, revision of skill and purpose. The field of music is no less volatile and alive. We need to endeavor to make music a practice. When we practice music we should be engaging in our culture with comprehensive and inclusive ambitions and daily attention to the continually evolving humane and spiritual possibilities of our art.