Thursday, April 02, 2009

this too shall pass

The cherry blosson has bloomed early again this year.

is an elegant kigo.
What did Buddha say?

One stormy evening, two monks who were returning to their monastery, came across a beautiful young woman who was unable to cross the flooded street.

The older of the two took her in his arms and carried her across before continuing on his way.

Later, the younger novice monk approached the elder and said, "Master, as monks, we cannot touch women."

"That is so, brother," replied the senior monk.

"But Sir, you lifted that girl by roadside?"

The elder smiled at him. "Then I left her behind, child. You carry her still."

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