Zen Wisdom – Two Monks and the Girl

Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road.
A heavy rain was falling.  Coming around the bend,
they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash,
unable to cross the intersection.

“Come on, girl,” said the first monk.  Lifting her
in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

The second monk did not speak again until that night
when they reached a lodging temple.  Then he no longer
could restrain himself.  “We monks don’t go near females,”
he said.  “It is dangerous.  Why did you do that?”

“I left the girl there,” the first monk said.
“Are you still carrying her?”

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4 thoughts on “Zen Wisdom – Two Monks and the Girl

  1. Sorry I did not understant the meaning.

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  2. Sorry I did not understant the meaning.Please replay.

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  3. M

    i think it meant that, the monk who carried her over, simply carry her over and be done with it. while the second monk, though he didn’t do anything keeps on going and fussing about the girl, therefore carrying her in his mind

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  4. I agree with M. It’s about the interaction between the physical and the physcological. I believe both monks thought to help but the first being more willing to embrace his thoughts helped the woman and moved on whereas the other monk’s thoughts were suppressed therefore he carried them with him. It’s taking a thought or an idea and making it a reality as opposed to trapping it within the mind.

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