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Trent Gilliss's picture

Good question, Jeff. I did some searching for images I could use of Zen Buddhist monks but came up short. I also focused more on the monk aspect than the tradition of the story — plus, it's such a beautiful photo that I felt evoked some of the themes of the parable. And, to be quite honest, I was reading this book in my off-hours when this parable appeared. I wanted to share it, and so tried to publish something sooner rather than let it slip away. So, a bit of editorial license and an excuse all wrapped up into one explanation! ;)