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The Thief Who Became a Disciple 

One evening as Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras a thief with a sharp sword entereddemanding either money or his life. 

Shichiri told him: "Do not disturb me. You can find the money in that drawer." Then he resumed his recitation. 

A little while afterwards he stopped and called: "Don't take it all. I need some to pay taxes with tomorrow." 

The intruder gathered up most of the money and started to leave. "Thank a person when you receive a gift Shichiri added. The man thanked him and made off. 

A few days afterwards the fellow was caught and confessed, among others, the offence against Shichiri. When Shichiri was called as a witness he said: This man is no thiefat least as far as I am concerned. I gave him money and he thanked me for it." 

After he had finished his prison termthe man went to Shichiri and became his disciple.




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