A zen student talked for thirty minutes, explaining in detail the philosophical problem he was facing. Relieved, he then looked expectantly at the master who asked: “You are looking for answers?”
The student nodded his head: “Yes”.
The master said: “A thousand arrows, one bow.”
The student double blinked with a puzzled expression on his face.
The master explained: “Your mind is like a bow that fires a thousand arrows. Shift your focus from the arrow to the bow that fires it. There is only one bow.”
The student asked, disappointed: “But what about my philosophical problem?”
The master said: “Look only at the bow, not the arrow.”