There lived an old monk who had a beautiful and valuable book of the Buddha’s teachings.
One day, it was stolen by a man. Though quite certain that it was him who stole it, the monk thought that he had already created enough negative karma for himself, deciding that catching him will only make him lie and create more bad karma. He hoped that he will read the book and learn some Dharma from it.
The man tried to sell the book, eventually having his contacts linking to the old monk himself, who was surprisingly willing to pay for his own stolen book. Hearing that, the man decided not to sell it, realising that the old monk must have known it was his book but never disclosed him as its thief – out of unconditional compassion for him. Touched, he returned the book to him, and promised him to never steal again.