Ryokans Moon | Text Reading 8/12/12

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Ryokans Moon | Text Reading 8/12/12

Text Reading from UZ Practice Period  8/12/12

Ryokans Moon

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.”


Zen Kaji

Zen Master Ryōkan Taigu (1758–1831) was known as one of Japans Great historical poets, after this legendary incident of the thief, Ryokan composed one of his most famous haiku poems:

The thief left it behind:
the moon
at my window

brush stroke

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