Two Monks were walking through the countryside and had to cross a river in order to get home. When they reached the river bank they found it was unusually high as the rains had come early. A woman joined them on the river bank, also needing to cross to the other side. She had waded across the river the previous day but now on her return, found the water too deep.
The Monks decided that if they took their time, they could make it across. The elder monk offered to carry the woman and she accepted his kind offer.
After reaching the other side the monks and the woman parted company and they continued on their way. After several hours had passed the younger monk stopped the elder monk and said he was troubled because, as monks, they had both taken vows which meant they weren't allowed to touch women and the elder monk had clearly broken that vow.
The elder monk turned to the younger monk and said "I put her down four hours ago, why are you still carrying her?".
The same two Monks were talking a little while later. The younger monk, who had only recently enrolled, was keen to find enlightenment and planned to go to a big monastery high in the hills, where he was sure that he would find it. The older monk remained in the small village and would hear news from the younger monk on a regular basis.
In his first letter, sent after just one year, the young monk wrote "I exercise and meditate every day, I know I will soon find Enlightenment."
In his second letter sent after three years the young monk wrote "I exercise and meditate twice a day, I know that I will soon find Enlightenment."
In his third letter sent after five years the young monk wrote "I exercise and meditate three times a day now, I know I will soon find Enlightenment."
After ten years the older monk realised that he had not heard from the younger monk, so decided to travel to the monastery. When he arrived he asked to see the younger monk. As they met the older monk could see there was a stillness to the younger monk who greeted him warmly.
Did you find Enlightenment said the older monk? The younger monk looked back at him and calmly said "What does it matter?"