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ILLUSTRATION: The story is told of two Buddhist monks walking him drenching thunderstorm when they came to a stream flooding its banks. A beautiful young Japanese woman stood nearby afraid of the rushing currents. In characteristic Buddhist compassion one of the monk said “Can I help you?” The woman replied, “I must get to the other side.” The monk picked her up put her on his back and carried her across the swollen river. The two monks then continued their journey to the monastery. Once inside his companions said, “You must urge yourself for your immorality. As Buddhist monks we have vowed to not even look at a woman much less touch her body, but you have done both as you carried that woman across the river.” The first monk replied, “My brother, I put that woman down on the other side of the river but you are still carrying her in her your mind.”