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Muddy Road:  A Zen Story

By: Jamie “Cute” Canauay (PVA Member)


I first read this story when I was in 2nd year High school. I grew fond of it because of the lessons that I’ve learned and I would like to share it with you.

            TANZAN and Ekido were Buddhist monks, and were traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling.

            Coming around the bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

            “Come on, girl,” said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

            Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he could no longer restrain himself. “We monks don’t go near females,” he told Tanzan, “especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”

            “I left the girl there,” said Tanzan. “Are you still carrying her?”



            “Let go.”

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