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Zen Story: I wish I’d give him this beautiful moon

Ryokan was living in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One night a thief entered the hut and he was disappointed to find nothing to be stolen.
Ryokan caught the thief–“U’ve come from long distance.You’d not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.”
The thief was bewildered.He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked watching the moon. “Poor fellow,I wish I’d give him this beautiful moon.”

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