There is a Zen story that has been told for thousands of years.
Master Da 'an of Changqing practiced very hard. Although he was well versed in Buddhist scriptures, he was always unable to grasp the supreme principles of Zen. So he paid a special visit to the Zen Master Baizhang and asked him, "What do people look like when they study Buddhism?"
Master Baizhang said, "It's like riding a cow to meet a cow."
Master Da 'an asked again, "What about knowing the Buddha?
Master Baizhang replied, "Just ride the bull home."
When Master Da 'an heard this explanation, he asked again, "How do you maintain the Buddha nature in your heart? "
Master Baizhang said, "Take care of it with a stick, just like a cattle herder. Don't let it tramp on other people's crops. "
After listening to this, Master Da 'an had an Epiphany and practiced in accordance with this method. He was always in control of himself, affirming himself, and no longer seeking outside.
Riding a bull to find a cow is a Buddha but searching for Buddha everywhere. Riding a bull to go home means that you have come to know your own Buddha nature. Don't let cattle encroach on other people's crops, is not to let the vulgar thoughts pollute the Buddha nature.
It is easy for us to make the mistake of having high expectations and low expectations. Many people have great ambitions, but when it comes time to put them into practice they retreat, and would rather talk about them than do them. If you want to do something or even succeed, first of all, you need to recognize yourself and don't overreach and overreach.
Only by first recognizing oneself, can we grasp the correct direction of our life, make ourselves more rational, and constantly adjust our mentality under different environments and conditions, so as to find our own position in the society.
In his later years, Master Da 'an returned to Fujian and lived in the Qiashan Courtyard. He sat all day long, said nothing, and seldom went out of the room. Therefore, the monks talked about him behind his back and called him "Lazy An Zen Master".
One day a monk finally spoke up and asked, "You are silent all day long and just sit there like a block of wood. Is this so-called Zen?"
The Buddhist master gathered the crowd and declared, "Please sit and talk with me from today. In just three days, everyone will be able to understand themselves."
So, the monks followed Da 'an Zen master sat quietly for a day, a day down all over the pain, have complained...... The next day they all begged the Zen master, saying, "It's too hard. We'd rather work than sit quietly."
Master Da 'an smiled and said, "An old monk sitting for one day is more busy than a thousand years."
The monks nodded convincingly.
Everyone can do simple and common things, but this seemingly simple things may not be everyone can do well, and may not be able to stick to it for a long time. Many successful people are successful not because of how smart they are, how high IQ, but because they do our seemingly simple things repeatedly every day, repeated to do well, repeated to do the extreme.
I've seen this question: How powerful is repetition? Give you a piece of plain paper big enough to keep folding it in half, and when you fold it 51 times, how thick do you think it is? Is it as thick as a refrigerator, or as tall as a two-story building? In fact, by calculation, this thickness is close to the distance between the Earth and the sun.
After knowing the result, do you also feel surprised? Seemingly boring, tasteless and indistinguishable repeated again and again, but can have amazing results, this is the power of repetition.
Replication does not always mean tasteless, every real sense of repetition is a result of the superposition and accumulation, this kind of repetition needs to abandon the simple to cope with, need to enhance the ability and wisdom, need courage and courage, but also need persistence and atmosphere.
Jack Ma once said, "What is great? The great thing is countless times ordinary, repeated, monotonous, boring to do the same thing, will become great." And success is never overnight, not thousands of times repeated accumulation of the foundation, can not achieve great things, without enough patience and long-term persistence, you will never wait for success!