ZEN STORIES: “Heaven and hell”


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One day a samurai came to a Master and asked:

– Where is paradise and where is hell? And where are the gates of heaven and hell?

The Samurai knew only two things: life and death. He did not have any philosophy, he just wanted to know where were the gates – to escape hell and go to heaven.

– Who are you? – the Master asked.

– I’m the leader of samurais – the warrior replied – and the Emperor pays a tribute to me.

The Master laughed and said:


Are you really the leader of samurais? You look like some poor raga-muffin!

The Samurai’s pride was hurt. He forgot why he had come for, whipped out his sword and was going to kill the Master.  The Master laughed again and said:

– This is the gate of hell. With a sword, being in anger and with your ego you will open it.

The Samurai realized that idea, calmed dawn and sheathed his sword. Then the Master  continued:

– “And now, when you calmed down, you open the gate of heaven”.


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8 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    How true these stories are!


  2. So true !! Beautiful message given and wonderful quotes shared


    1. Thank you so much dear Tanvir! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the story and quotes 🙂 Sending love and light your way, Amira ❤

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  3. Awesome story of knowing how one has to deal with their own anger and heaven and hell is all in us and same with life and death in between what we r decides our fate. Great inspiring story, Amira.


    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! I know we share a special attraction to these stories, and the Zen ones that always have a lesson in them, something that remains in our minds… so when we get angry, we can recall the wisdom teaching of the Master to the Samurai. within us are the both gates… Sending love and light your way, Amira ❤


      1. Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your words dear Amira so much to learn from these Zen stories and take it forward in our lives. Welcome dear.

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