The Moon (Wise Shorts Ep. #2)

Wisdom stories from all over the world. This is the second in series. The Moon (Wise Shorts Ep. #2)

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived a simple life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening, a thief sneaked into the hut, only to discover there was nothing to steal. It was practically empty.

Ryokan entered his hut, catching the thief. “I’m sure you’ve come a long way to visit me, and I wouldn’t like you to return home empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.”

The thief stared at him in bewilderment. Hesitantly, he took the clothing and slunk away back into the night.

Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.”

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