Friday, May 16, 2014
A monk and his apprentice were traveling across the countryside. This particular sect of Buddhism was prohibited from having any contact with women. At one point, a woman approached them and pleaded, "Please, can you help me across the river? I have medicine that my sister needs or she will die, and I cannot cross the river myself. Please, will you help me?"
At first, the monk ignored her, but she continued to plead for help. the monk dropped his walking stick, picked her up, and carried her across the river. He set her down on the other side, crossed back, picked up his walking stick and began walking along their path again. The apprentice was very disturbed by this. He did not say anything, but it stayed in his mind as they continued to walk.
At the end of the days journey, they set up camp. The apprentice was still visibly upset, so the master asked, "Do you have something on your mind?" The apprentice said "Yes, yes I do. That woman today. How could you do that? We're not supposed to have anything to do with women, but you did. Not only did you talk to her, but you touched her, and carried her. How could you do that?" The masteer chuckled and said, "My dear apprentice, I only carried her for one minute. Have you been carrying her with you all day? (from a Buddhist sutra)
What are you carrying with you?????