Buddhist Monk runs Tokyo Bar

Came across this news clip in my youtube subscription newsfeed. I thought its quite an interesting tradition. Should a monk be playing an active role in fueling laymen’s desires?

After thinking about it for quite a while, with my minuscule knowledge of Buddhist Canon, it suddenly dawned on me.

Why should I care? How does this relate to my pursuit to end personal suffering?

In an almost meta fashion, I am reminded of this little short story of a Zen Master and a Woman.

Two monks were on a pilgrimage. One day, they came to a deep river. At the edge of the river, a young woman sat weeping, because she was afraid to cross the river without help. She begged the two monks to help her. The younger monk turned his back. The members of their order were forbidden to touch a woman. But the older monk picked up the woman without a word and carried her across the river. He put her down on the far side and continued his journey. The younger monk came after him, scolding him and berating him for breaking his vows. He went on this way for a long time. Finally, at the end of the day the older monk turned to the younger one. "I only carried her across the river. You have been carrying her all day."

Moral of the story. Learn to ‘bochap’.