Last updated on March 6, 2022 by Roger Kaufman
Letting go of the mind "Dirty Road" A wise Zen story
Tanzan and Ekido were once walking down a dirt road. In addition, heavy rain fell. When they came to a bend in the road, they met a pretty girl in a silk kimono who wanted to cross the intersection but couldn't. "Come here, girl," Tanzan said immediately.
He took her in his arms and carried her across the morass of the road. Ekido didn't say a worduntil they came to a temple at night, where they were resting. He couldn't contain himself any longer. "We monks are not allowed to go near women," he said to Tanzan, "especially not that one boys and pretty. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"
"I left the girl there," said Tanzan, "are you still wearing it?"