Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. Garf_Lasag

    Garf_Lasag said, 11 months ago

    Yup! Understand the REASONING behind the rule rather than following it blindly…

  2. unicornstar

    unicornstar said, 11 months ago

    Also if the lady was dressed he probably just touched the fabric of her clothes and not her actual flesh. Loophole!

  3. Darwinskeeper

    Darwinskeeper said, 11 months ago

    I really love this saying. It reminds me of the importance of not holding onto grudges indefinitely. The younger monk’s error was not in refusing to help the woman, it was in fuming and internally raging about the older monk’s action.

  4. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    An excellent tale in separating the spirit of the law from the letter of the law.

  5. J2P2

    J2P2 said, 11 months ago

    Your art here is fantastic!! And a wonderful tale!!

  6. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago


    What I got from the story was what the rule about “not touching female flesh” really meant. No way is the rule intended not to help those in need, no matter the person or situation.

  7. LittleCatFeet

    LittleCatFeet said, 11 months ago

    I’ve heard a slightly different version before, where the youger monk is angry because the woman showed no gratitude, but it remains a very good story to tell someone who just can’t ‘drop it.’ I like the new twist that weaves in another good lesson, mr_sherman.

  8. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    So do whatever you want and anyone who comments on it is wrong?

  9. Charles

    Charles said, 11 months ago

    Very Zen… Now, don’t think about it!

  10. DAZZ

    DAZZ GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Good one, and well drawn, too.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    To some the letter of the law is all there is. Rigid an unchanging in any situation. Worthy of a robot, not a human being.

  12. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago


    I agree with you Charles…very Zen.
    The order forbids “touching” but the order is about helping.

  13. Gopher Baroque

    Gopher Baroque GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    I read this little story years ago. It is one I still remember and keep in my toolkit.

  14. Rorena Suell

    Rorena Suell said, 9 months ago

    Love it….

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