The Dharma of Walking


There was a man who had practiced the Dharma for over ten years before he became a monk. For six consecutive years, he had organized national activities that involved making offerings to the monks; he was an important leader of the lay Buddhist community in the south of Taiwan. Once, somebody asked him, “Since you have practiced for so long, why didn’t you become a monk sooner? Why is it that once you met the Master, you immediately decided to be a monk?” The monk replied, “Just to learn how the Master walks will, in itself, take a whole lifetime.”