Ryokan, a Zen master, lived a very simple life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.
Ryokan returned home and caught the thief red-handed. “You may 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, but said nothing. He simply took the clothes and slunk away as quickly as he could.
Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow, ” he mused, “I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon...”
Wishing everyone a happy full moon gazing ~ Dominique