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Highway to hell
    #3806570 - 02/20/05 02:10 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

A Little Zen Story

A Zen master was asked by a Samurai whether there was hell in truth as taught in the Scriptures.

"I must ask you," replied the Master, "before I give you an answer. For what purpose is your question? What business have you, a Samurai, with a thing of that sort? Why do you bother yourself about such an idle question? Surely you neglect your duty and are engaged in such a fruitless research. Does this not amount to your stealing the annual salary from your lord?"

The Samurai, offended greatly by these rebukes, stared at the master, ready to draw his sword at another insult.

Then the teacher said smilingly: "Now you are in Hell. Don't you see?""


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Re: Highway to hell [Re: dorkus]
    #3806605 - 02/20/05 02:21 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

:thumbup: Nice one!


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Re: Highway to hell [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3806627 - 02/20/05 02:32 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, but that's not the complete story! :grin:

Where'd you come acrossed that one, by the way? I heard a remarkably similar one, but in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones... I'll try to recover that story... :wink:

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If I should die this very moment
I wouldn't fear
For I've never known completeness
Like being here
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Re: Highway to hell [Re: fireworks_god]
    #3806636 - 02/20/05 02:35 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Aha!

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 Nosbushige 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.

:wink:

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Peace. :mushroom2:


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If I should die this very moment
I wouldn't fear
For I've never known completeness
Like being here
Wrapped in the warmth of you
Loving every breath of you

:heartpump: :bunnyhug: :yinyang:

:yinyang: :levitate: :earth: :levitate: :yinyang:


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Re: Highway to hell [Re: fireworks_god]
    #3806771 - 02/20/05 03:26 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I visited a buddhist-forum today. There was a thread on buddhism and hell realms, and a member posted the short story. Thanks for posting the detailed version, dude.

Where did the Borknagard sig go btw? I went to see them together with Vintersorg a couple years back. Lotta energy :wink:

peace n luv on the hi way through hell :laugh:


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Re: Highway to hell [Re: fireworks_god]
    #3807958 - 02/20/05 08:10 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I believe that the kingdom of heaven is on Earth and when we live in lies (evil), we do put ourselves in hell. It's remarkable how I come up qwith alot of the same philosophies by myself that Huddhism holds.


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