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Once, a big monk and a little monk were traveling together. They reached the bank of a river and found that the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river.

A pretty lady was stuck at the damaged bridge. The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back. The lady agreed.

The little monk was shocked by the move of the big monk and thought "How can big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with females?" But kept quiet.

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

For several miles, the little monk was very unhappy with what the big monk had done. He was making up all kinds of accusations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he kept quiet. The big monk had no inclination to explain his situation.

Finally, many hours later when they stopped to rest, the little monk burst out angrily at the big monk. "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 big monk looked surprised and said, "I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along?"

Moral: This very old Chinese Zen story highlights the thinking of many people today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us and make us angry. Like the little monk, we are not ready 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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