Forget the past and look at the future!

Once upon a time two Buddhist monks were traveling together. They came to the bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river.

There was a prettywoman who was stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn’t cross the river.

The older monk offered to carry her across the river on his back.

The younger monk was shocked by the move of the older monk and was thinking “How can my big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with females?” But he kept quiet.

The older monk carried the lady across the river and the other monk followed unhappily. When they crossed the river, the older monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.

For several miles, the younger monk was very unhappy with the act of the older monk. He was making up all kinds of accusations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet. And the other monk had no inclination to explain his situation.

Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the younger monk could not hold it any further, he burst out angrily. “How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female, especially when she is very pretty?”

All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite.

The older monk looked surprised, smiled and said, “I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along?”


We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us and they make us angry. But  we are not willing to let them go away. There is no point in remaining hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over. Learn to move on in life!


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