The Zen master Ryokan lived a very simple life in a little hut at the foot of the mountain. one night, when the master was away, a thief broke into the hut only to discover that there was nothing to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught the burglar. “You have put yourself to much trouble to visit me, ” he said.
“You must not go away empty handed. Please take my clothes and blanket as a gift.”
The thief, quite bewildered, took the clothes and slunk off.
Ryokan sat down naked and watched the moon. “Poor fellow,” he thought to himself, “I wish I could give him the gorgeous moonlight.”