I chanced upon a news item this morning, that listed ‘the most and least burgled postcodes in Britain’ and lo-and-behold, discovered my own postcode area is the most burgled in London ;). It immediately brought to mind this tale about the Zen Buddhist Monk, Ryōkan (1758–1831).
One evening a thief visited Ryōkan’s hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryōkan returned and caught 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. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryōkan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon.” This story may be an interpretation of an account mentioned by Ryōkan in a haiku:
Left it behind-
The moon at the window.
So, what else could I do, but upload a couple of photos that I took this evening of a full moon over Finchley ;).