A young Buddhist one day followed the road to the banks of a wide and rushing river. The road ended at the water's edge, and there was no bridge or ferry across the river. The young man sat on a rock and regarded the river, thinking for hours of how he was to cross the water and continue his journey. Finally, just as he was about to give up and return home, he saw on the far side a great teacher, walking along the river's edge.
"Oh great master!" the young Buddhist shouted. "Can you tell me how to get to the other side of the river?"
The old teacher smiled and pointed. "Young man, you are already on the other side!"