The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

Discussion in 'Positive Feelings and Motivational Messages' started by Sadeyes, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    Several posts/threads today reminded me of one of my favorite Zen stories:

    Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of 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 and caught him. "You may have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you shoud not return emptyhanded. 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, " he mused, "I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."
  2. protonaut

    protonaut Well-Known Member

    My Heart Can

  3. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    that's beautiful :D
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    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

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    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

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