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steamwyck ([personal profile] steamwyck) wrote2005-04-18 03:20 pm

Favorite story of today:

Muddy Road

Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a
muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.
Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk
kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.
'Come on, girl,' said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms,
he carried her over the mud.
Ekido did not speak again until that night when they
reached a lodging temple. Then he could no longer restrain
himself. 'We monks don't go near females,' he told Tanzan,
'especially young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why
did you do that?'
'I left the girl there,' said Tanzan. 'Are you still carrying
her?'

-Zen Flesh, Zen Bones