Phap Hien was a Vietnamese Zen master. He lived in the late 5th century and early the 6th century. When he was a young monk at the Phap Van Temple he met Vinitaruci (?-594) who was one of the successors of Seng-tsan, the Third Patriarch...
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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