Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Burden

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Monk Carrying WomanTwo monks were returning to the monastery in the evening. In that time when monks traveled they did so in pairs and were forbidden any contact with females. It had rained and there were puddles of water on the road sides. At
one place a beautiful young woman was standing stranded in a beautiful silk kimono – unable to walk across because of the muddy water. The elder of the two monks went up to a her and offered to help. He lifted her on his back and carried her to the other side of the road where it was dry…he then continued on his way back to the monastery.

In the evening the younger monk came to the elder monk and asked, “Sir, as monks, we cannot touch a woman?”

The elder monk answered “yes, brother”.

Then the younger monk asks again, “But then Sir, how is that you lifted that woman on the roadside?” The elder monk smiled at him and told him ”I carried her only a short distance and left her on the other side of the road, but you are still carrying her.”

Contributed By Sensei Dane Harden

Dane Harden

About Dane Harden

Dane Harden has written 14 article(s) on World Wide Dojo - Home.

Colonel Harden has trained in the martial arts since 1969. He is also a medical professional and an Army Veteran with numerous combat deployments. He holds numerous Black belt ratings and instructor certifications in Tae kwon do, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Goshindo sword. He is a member of the Senior Mentors Black Belt Board of Directors with the Joe Lewis fighting System, a Chudokai Aikido Federation International Instructor, USA Olympic Tae Kwon Do member, and a Goshindo Sword and Chanbara Association Instructor. Sensei Harden owns and operates Western Masters Martial Arts, Inc. with locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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