THICH NHAT HANH: Buddha’s teaching as a finger pointing to the moon

In his book ” Old Path, White Clouds”, Thich Nhat Hanh tells the story of the Buddha.

The Buddha says “my teaching is not a dogma or a doctrine, but no doubt some people will take it as such.”

The Buddha goes on to say;

“I must state clearly that my teaching is a method to experience reality and not reality itself, just as a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself.

A thinking person makes use of the finger to see the moon. A person who only looks at the finger and mistakes it for the moon will never see the real moon.”

SOURCE: http://www.buddha101.com/p_path.htm