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#1 2007-02-18 01:44:51

From: Vancouver, Canada
Registered: 2006-01-11
Posts: 552


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."

When it is rainy, I am in the rain. When it is windy, I am in the wind.  - Mitsuo Aida



#2 2007-02-18 10:10:59

From: Nashville, TN
Registered: 2005-10-10
Posts: 183

Re: Gift

the grasping
slinking thief
under the beautiful moon......

The temple bell stops, but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers. -Basho



#3 2007-02-18 19:08:56

From: Seattle
Registered: 2007-01-29
Posts: 63

Re: Gift

“Know Thyself”

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.

"Manifest great deeds by breaking the rules."
Awa Kenzo - Zen Archery Master
"If you think that you are a teacher, then you have failed to realize that learning comes from the student."
Kiko Aratsu



#4 2007-02-18 21:26:47

From: Austin, Texas
Registered: 2005-10-23
Posts: 162

Re: Gift

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.

"The means are the ends in the making."  Mohandas K. Ghandi



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