Two Monks Come to a River…..A Lesson in Letting Go

A classic of the Zen tradition ! I have it in a book that has currently gone AWOL. If I don’t know the book’s current location, is it really mine ?

The RiverMonk


At times, I will post something that I did not write, but it will be something that is a gem and worth sharing.

I didn’t write this. But it is a superb story about letting go of things or people that burden our lives and thoughts.

Two Buddhist Monks were on a journey, one was a senior monk, the other a junior monk. During their journey they approached a raging river and on the river bank stood a young lady. She was clearly concerned about how she would get to the other side of the river without drowning.

The junior monk walked straight past her without giving it a thought and he crossed the river. The senior monk picked up the woman and carried her across the river. He placed her down, they parted ways with woman and on they went with the journey.

In the evening the younger monk…

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Author: danielrappletonyahoocom

Science - fiction, fantasy, horror & suspense ( But not really " nerd / geek " material ), armchair cultural anthropologist, interested in archaeology ( Although the closest I've been to an actual dig - site was Pinson Mounds outside Memphis ), & interested in the obscure, strange or sometimes things that would bore or put off other people.

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