A Monkey Monk

Monkey
[Photo copyright by pelican via Flickr under the creative commons licence]

The Buddhist legends have a story about an certain >arahant<, which is a fully enlightened monk. According to the story that monk was travelling in a group. The group of monks came to a river one day. There was no bridge.

This arahant lifted up his robes and pranced laughing on his toes across the water to the other side, leaving his fellow monks dumbfounded.

The other monks thought this was more then undignified for such an exalted being.

So they went and complained to the Buddha.

The Buddha just smiled and said:

“Oh don‘t worry about it. In many previous lives he was a little monkey.

It is in his nature to behave like that.“

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