... "Is it true that there is a heaven and hell?" ...



 
Samurai named Nobushige came to Hakuin and asked: "Is it true that there is a heaven and hell?"

Who are you? - Asked Hakuin.

I - Samurai - warrior replied.

You - a soldier! - Said Hakuin. - What keeps you in the head of his army? Your face is like a beggar.

Nobushige rassviripel so he started to pull out his sword, but Hakuin continued:

- Do you have a sword! But perhaps he sloishlom stupid to carry my head.

When Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked:

- Then open the door to hell.

At these words the samurai knew that he wanted to show his teacher, sheathed his sword and bowed.

- It opens the gates of heaven, - said Hakuin.

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