Thursday, 9 August 2012

Koan: Helping a Woman

REVER
Two monks were travelling through the mountains when they came upon a woman weeping by a river.

"Why are you weeping?" asked the first monk.

"I am weeping because my husband is far across this river, and I have no way to cross it without ruining my new REI boots."

The monk immediately shrugged off his pack, took the woman upon his shoulders, and ferried her across the rapids.

The two monks hiked on in silence. At last the first turned to his partner and said:

"It is many hours since the river, and you have not said anything. What preoccupies you?"

"We have taken a vow of chastity," said the second monk, "and yet you touched that woman."

"Oh, grow the hell up!" snapped his companion, and wopped him over the head with his stick.


Wu Ya's commentary: "Line drive to centre field."

(Adapted from 100 Days on the Mountain, copyright RK Henderson. Photo courtesy of WikiMedia and 本人撮影.)
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