“Monk!” “Teach me about heaven and hell!”
The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with scorn,
“Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything. You’re ignorant. You’re arrogant. You’re a disgrace, and an embarrassment to other samurai. Get out of my sight. I can’t stand to see you.”
The samurai became furious. He shook, red in the face, spitting with rage. He pulled out his sword, and prepared to kill the monk.
Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,
The samurai froze, realizing the grace and compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell! He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.
The monk said softly,
“And that’s heaven.”