1001 Tales Discourses — 28 February 2017

“Remember that your understanding is shown in every way, and if you watch correctly, your very watchfulness will take you to a further step.” From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.

Two Zen monks, crossing a ford, came across a woman, a very young and beautiful woman. She wanted to cross, but she was afraid. So one monk took her on his shoulders and carried her to the other shore.

crossing-the-river

The other monk was furious, the other monk was fiery: “It is prohibited! A Buddhist monk should not touch a woman. Now this is too much. Not only touching: he has carried the woman on his shoulder!”

The monk remained quiet, but he was boiling within.

Miles passed. When they reached the monastery, when they were entering the door, the other monk turned to the first and said, “Look, I will have to talk to the Master. I will have to report it. It is prohibited!”

The first monk said, “What are you talking about? What is prohibited?”

He said, “Have you forgotten? You carried that young beautiful woman on your shoulders. You should not touch!”

The first monk laughed and he said, “Yes, I carried her, but I left her on the other bank, miles back. Are you still carrying her?”

Yes, the other monk was still carrying her.

Remember that your understanding is shown in every way, and if you watch correctly, your very watchfulness will take you to a further step.

Quote by Osho from
The Discipline of Transcendence, Discourses on the Forty-two Sutras of Buddha, Vol 4, Ch 7

The series 1001 Tales has been compiled by Shanti

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