gates of paradise
A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked, “Is there
really a paradise and a hell?”
“Who are you?” inquired Hakuin.
“I am a samurai,” the warrior replied.
“You, a soldier!” exclaimed
Hakuin. “What kind of
ruler would have you as his guard?”
Your face looks like that of a beggar.”
Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but
Hakuin continued: “So you have a sword!
Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head.”
As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: “Here open the
gates of hell!”
At these words the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline,
sheathed his sword and bowed.
“Here open the gates of paradise,” said Hakuin.
(and you, what do you understand? Could you?)