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Tanzan & Ekido

Two monks walking under an archway into eternity.

Journey by S. Liane Brown

Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they meet 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 no longer could 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?’

–Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, p.18

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