, a master, lived the simplest kind of in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was in it to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him. “You may have come a long way to visit me,” he told the , “and you should not return emptyhanded. Please take my clothes as a .”

The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryokan sat naked, watching the . “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could give him this beautiful .”