Slice: TWO MONKS

by The House of Yoga | 18-01-2017

Ah, attachment. One of those pesky parts of our human experience.

We often assume attachment means that we clamp to material objects, certain people or familiar places. But we can also get trapped by our own dogmas and rules. This ‘tunnel vision’ can impact us in unconscious or troubling ways.

 

This popular zen story inspires us to break free, and act according to the wisdom present in each moment.

 
Two monks journeying home came to the banks of a fast-flowing river, where they met a young woman unable to cross the current alone. One of them picked her up in his arms and set her safely on her feet on the other side and the two monks continued on their travels.
 
The monk who had crossed the river alone could finally restrain himself no longer and began to rebuke his brother, “Do you not know it is against our rules to touch a young woman? You have broken the holy vows.”

The other monk answered, “Brother, I left that young woman on the banks of the river. Are you still carrying her?”

 

Zen

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Author: The House of Yoga

Author: The House of Yoga

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