2 Monks And A Pretty Lady (Story)
Once upon a time a big monk
and a little monk were traveling together. They came to the bank of a river and
found the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river.
There was a pretty lady who was stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn't cross
The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back to which the lady
The little monk was shocked by the move of the big monk and was thinking "How
can big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with
females?" But he kept quiet.
The big monk carried the lady across the river and the small monk followed
unhappily. When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down and they
parted ways with her.
All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy with the
act of the big monk. He was making up all kinds of accusations about big monk in
his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet. And the big
monk had no inclination to explain his situation.
Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk could not stand it
any further, he burst out angrily at the big monk. "How can you claim yourself a
devout monk, when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female, especially
when she is very pretty?"
All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite.
The big monk looked surprised and said, "I had put down the pretty lady at the
river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along?"
Moral: This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people
today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us and
they make us angry. But like the little monk, we are not willing to let them go
away. There is no point in remaining hurt by the unpleasant event after it is
over. Learn to move on in life!