Excellent question. Some of my views.
1) You can not sit without intention. Just sitting involves Effort, Right Effort actually if you are practicing Zen, Dzogchen pure mind or Vipassana correctly.
2) Buddhist practice is not a philosophy but a practical way to experience the Dhamma for yourself, here and now. We just need to do it.
3) Attempting to get somewhere or do something is missing the point. Just observe reality arising and passing away, and see how the experience affects your Heart. Being aware and present with a clear Mind and allowing things to be leads to Liberation. Reacting with desire or aversion leads to Suffering.
4) You can practice anywhere, anytime. Associating Buddhist practice with a cushion is incorrect. Think "Chopping wood, carry water" for a simple Zen guide.
5) Every tradition has it's own cultural overlay. Remember cultural overlays are not Dhamma. Dhamma is in your Heart, look there and see if your are Liberating yourself from Suffering.
Always remember the Seven Factors: Concentration, Mindfulness, Effort, Joy, Loving kindness, Compassion and perhaps most importantly Equanimity. These should be the yardsticks of Dhamma for any practitioner.
The gift of the Dhamma excels all gifts (DP354)