Two Monks at the River

In November, 2009 ImageMovers had an art show.  I submitted a one page adaptation of a Buddhist Koan that I’ve always liked.

Here is the line art.

The traditional version of this story has a woman who asks to be carried across the river, but I felt I needed to focus of the theme of forgiveness.  To have the young monk upset about carrying a woman doesn’t have the same weight without explaining that his sect of Buddhism forbade contact with women.  It’s a great tell about not being dogmatic in one’s beliefs, but I wanted to focus on moving forward without carrying a grudge.


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