ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion

Letting go.

Some monks are trying to cross a river. They come to the river and there's a woman weeping at the bank - she wants to cross and although it's not very deep, she doesn't want to get her dress wet so she's waiting for someone to carry her across. She asks the monks for help and one of them agrees to carry her.

A younger monk gets very indignant about this because they took a vow that includes no physical contact with women whatsoever, and he doesn't understand why the other monk would break that. He stews quietly to himself for quite some time after they have crossed the river then eventually explodes and asks the other monk how he could do that.

The monk says, "I carried the woman across the river and left her at the bank. Are you still carrying her?"

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