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A Zen Story – Heaven and Hell

A samurai went to Master Hakuin and requested him to tell about heaven and hell. The master immediately started berating him.

“What kind of samurai are you?”
“You look like a beggar!!”

The master went on like this for a few minutes.

The samurai became angry and drew his sword out.

“Now opens the gates of hell!!” said Master.

Samurai suddenly withdrew his sword and bowed before the master.

“Now opens the gates of heaven” said Master.