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The Gates of Paradise 

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuinand 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 swordbut 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 samuraiperceiving the master's disciplinesheathed his sword and bowed. 

Here open the gates of paradise,said Hakuin.




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