If You Love Love Openly
Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote her a love letter, insisting on a private meeting.
Eshun did not reply. The following day the master gave a lecture to the group, and when it was over, Eshun arose. Addressing the one who had written her, she said, “If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now.”
From the book: Zen Flesh Zen Bones : A collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings; compiled by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki.