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One evening a thief visited Ryōkan ‘s hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing…
March 28th, 2013
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One evening a thief visited Ryōkan 's hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal.
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 :

盗人に
取り残されし
窓の月

The thief
Left it behind—
The moon at the window.


#Buddhism   #Zen   #buddhistcircle  
[excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryōkan]
(photo: © +Randen Pedersonhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/chefranden/ )