Zen Master Taigu Ryokan (1751 – 1831) was known for his equanimity and compassion, his aura, and for his smile. Ryokan was — and still is — a literary treasure, but he refused to publish his works while he lived.
He was a Zazen practitioner, loved to walk in the forest, and supported himself as a mendicant.
He penned his famous Haiku in response to the theft of his meager possessions:
The thief left it behind:
at my window