One day a monk paid a visit to Tinh Khong (1091-1170), a Vietnamese Zen master, who was of the tenth generation of Vo Ngon Thong lineage, and asked:
-From old days it was talked about "direct pointing", what does that mean?
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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