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Ryōkan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift." The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
Ryōkan sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
This story may be an interpretation of an account mentioned by Ryōkan in a #haiku :
Left it behind—
The moon at the window.
#Buddhism #Zen #buddhistcircle
[excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryōkan]
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