Saturday, March 12, 2011

Zen Stories # 12 - Rewarding the thief

A Zen Master lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain.

One evening, while he was away, a thief sneaked into the hut.

The thief, to his amusement, could only find that there was nothing in it to steal.

The Zen Master returned and found him.

"You 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, but he took the clothes and ran away.

The Master sat naked, watching the moon.

"Poor fellow," he mused, " I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."

Zen Principle: If you have taken up simplicity as life-time goal and practice the same, you would not have any suffering in life, and everything in your life will go around smoothly, with no enmity or pain.

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