The Gates of Paradise

The Gates of Paradise

A soldier named Nobushige asked Hakuin if heaven and hell were real. Hakuin answered with provocations until the soldier drew his sword. 

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.

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