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Muddy Road

A favorite koan of mine:

Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met 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?”


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  • Timothy 11 February 2009, 00:35

    Again, there’s just something about your “writing” style – that just draws people closer… and not quite sure what it is.

    Cesar Milan… The Dog Whisperer kinda mentions, in order to draw the thing you want in life, you have to experience feeling it first.
    (Funny how animals interprit things differently than humans.)

    For some reason… I feel like it’s okay to talk.
    ( gotta stop, and just do more art sketches.)

    T.G.

  • Paul Brown 11 February 2009, 00:44

    Thanks, Timothy, I appreciate your comments. I often find myself imagining what I want out of my life, visualizing and feeling it. I hope to hear more of your thoughts.

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