Two monks, Tanzan and Ekido,
were walking down a muddy street in the city. They came on a
lovely young girl dressed in fine silks, who was afraid to cross
because of all the mud.
on, girl," said Tanzan. And he picked her up in his arms, and
carried her across.
two monks did not speak again till nightfall. Then, when they
had returned to the monastery, Ekido couldn't keep quiet any
shouldn't go near young girls," he said -- "certainly not beautiful
ones like that one! Why did you do it?"
dear fellow," said Tanzan. "I put that girl down way back in
the city. It's you who are still carrying her."