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The Moon Cannot Be Stolen - Zen Buddhist Koan
Limited Edition Print by UK Artist Mike Heseltine


A Limited Edition signed print produced on A3 40 gms hand made paper (image size is 30cm by 22.5cm). The paper is from Nepal and is the inner bark of the Lokta bush. Each print is signed by the artist and the print run is limited to 1000. As the paper is hand made, each print is totally unique and will have different textures or marks produced by the paper making process. Please note that colours on screen may be very slightly different from the original print you will recieve.

The natural oak frame is specially chosen by the artist, with a deep mount and the glazing is an acrylic glass that is suitable for being transported. New owners may prefer to replace the acrylic glass with normal glass.

One of my favourite Koans is the story about the monk who came across a thief in his hut. The full Zen Koan is pasted below. When an owl hovered above Rosanna and me one evening, I was reminded of this Buddhist story. Attachment to material things does not achieve deep happiness. When we let go and accept that all possessions are momentary, then we are free to enjoy the moment. As the owl hovered above, it showed us, like the Moon in the Koan, that without attachments you can see beauty and wonder in everything. You are connected to life and possessions need not own you.

£170 including oak frame, postage and packaging.

• Outer frame size is 49cm by 43cm.

• Image size is 30cm by 22.5cm.

• The artist has written in pencil the title of the print, his signature and the number of each unique edition.

• Stunning oak frame included in sale

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• Packaging - The limited edition prints are rolled with paper to protect from damage before being packaged in tubes.

• Order Processing will be done within 2-5 business days. Delivery by post from the UK will take 2 - 10 days depending on destination and the availability of frames.

• We will give you a refund or a replacement for purchased items you are not satisfied with and are returned to us. In the remote event that your package is lost or damaged upon arrival, please contact:

The Moon cannot be stolen

A Zen Buddhist story

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain.

One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him.

"You may 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. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon.

"Poor fellow, " he mused, "I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."

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