One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
FOOTPRINTS ON SANDS
There are the ones who do not like to leave their footprints when they are walking on sands, and they try to avoid doing that by running faster and faster. However, the faster they run the more footprints they leave.
There are also the ones who'd like to catch beautiful shadows of truth as they're dreaming of, and they run after them every second. However, the faster they run after them, the farther behind they are left.
Both of them do not know that if they stop running and sit down for a little while, then there is no more fooprint they'd make and what they're seeking is right under their noses.
Therefore, anyone who seriously wants to walk the Way of the Buddha should know how to stop running and catching.
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