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Two men (supposedly celibates or monks or something made up) crossing river come across a lady. Lady says "Oooh my clothes turn wet which may interfere with my daily activities..." so one man from two men mentioned earlier helps her cross the river by carrying her over the river. Other man asks "you know buddy, we are not supposed to even look the other sex in the eye, we are celibates/monks you know..." to which the man who helped lady across said "I left the lady there itself, you are carrying her still".
More reference : https://www.zenpencils.com/comic/109-zen-fable-the-river-crossing/
(more reference to the story above)
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically. "May be," the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed. "May be," replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "May be," answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. "May be," said the farmer.