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A monk named Ryokan returned home one night to find a thief.
Living an ascetic life, Ryokan had nothing in his home worth stealing. But he surprised the intruder, saying, "You may have come a long way to visit me and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my robe as a gift."
He offered forth the robe from his back, and the thief slunk away.
"Poor fellow," the master said, gazing at the night sky. "I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."
under the beautiful moon......
Every act of taking – each episode of obsession, is an act of desperate need to know and to have the self. Every act of taking is a step closer to emptiness and toward self-destruction.
Know Thyself . . . and emptiness dies.
This story is presented in a very beautifully illustrated childern's book...Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth...along with two other koans. It is worth checking out.