I dropped her at the other side

This post was written by admin on December 16, 2009
Posted Under: old post,teaching stories,Zen story

A Zen master and novice were walking from one monastery to another. They came to a wide fast river. A young lady was drying at the bank.

The master asked her what her problem was. She replied that she had to get to the other side but the river runs too fast and I am afraid to cross it. The master said, “Jump on my back and I will carry you to the other side.”He carried her to the other bank and dropped her off and blessed her.

Then they continued on their way toward the monastery.

The novice was shocked since he knew that Buddhist monks were not allowed to touch women. For the next eight hours he was silently seething with confusion.

At last they reached their destination and the novice could no longer hold back. He screamed, “But master doesn’t it say in the scripture that we are not to touch the female gender?” The master smiled and replied, “I dropped the young lady on the other side of the river. You have carried her all the way to here!”

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How many things do you carry when you have reached the other side of the river?

I know I’m burdened needlessly by the past.

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