Once many pupil from many parts of Japan came to attend seclusion weeks of meditation. During one of these gatherings One of them was caught stealing. Whole matter was reported to Bankei. All pupil requested Bankei to expel that person from gatherings but Bankei ignored the case.
Again that person was caught in similar act of stealing and again people demanded Bankei to detain that person from gatherings but Bankei refused. Pupil who asked for dismissal of thief got angry and drew up a petition and stated that if the person who is stealing is not dismissed then all other people will leave the gathering.
This petition reached to Bankei. After reading petition he asked everyone to gather before him and said, you are Wise Brothers. You know what’s right what’s wrong. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish but this brother doesn’t even know the difference between right and wrong. If i will not teach him then who will I am going to keep him here even if you all leave.
Tears came out of the person who had stolen and all desire to steal had vanished from his mind.
If someone commits’ crime then sometimes we need to look deeper and we might just see that that person simply need to be shown right path. We also need to take time to teach them right and wrong.