Two monks must cross the great river to reach the village on an errand for the monastery.   When they approach the river, a woman is struggling to cross.  One of the monks swiftly picks her up, carries her across the river, and places her on the  other shore. For monks, even being in the presence of a woman is forbidden.  After several miles, the other monk bursts forth “How could you do such a thing!  How could you touch a woman!”  Replied the other monk “I put that woman down miles ago.  But you are still carrying her.”

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