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 should 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,” he mused, “I wish I could
give him this beautiful moon.”