Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last Night's Moon and a Parable

The master Ryokan lived in a poor little hut on a mountainside. One moonlight night he came home and found a burglar looking for something to steal. But Ryokan was a hermit who owned nothing.
     "Poor fellow," he said to the robber. "You have come a long way and have found nothing. But I don't want you to leave empty-handed. Please take my clothes." And Ryokan stripped, and handed the clothes to the robber.
     "Poor fellow," said naked Ryokan, going outdoors again when the inconsiderate robber had left, "How I wish I could have given him this wonderful moon."

-- Zen parable


  1. The moon here was bright, clear and full of sweet dreams to come.

    I liked the parable....

  2. I recognize that moon...
    It did visit you last night.

  3. I love the way the moon is framed by the lacy tree branches.

  4. Ah yes. I love this one. There is a version of it in the children's book "Zen Shorts." I really like reading that to my children. Did you happen to read Paul Krugman's NYT's editorial this week about the Angry Rich? It is infuriating, but worth the read.



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