A retelling of a Buddhist parable
Two monks were on the road from their monastery to town. At a certain place a river crossed the road, and a recent storm had washed away the bridge. As the monks approached the river they saw a lady in a long gown standing on the bank. "I must get to my sister's wedding," she said, "but if I step into the river I'll ruin this gown. Can you help me, please?"
The younger monk declined, for theirs was a strict sect that forbade its members from having any physical contact with the opposite sex.