A Samurai warrior came to a Zen master and demanded, “Teach me about heaven and hell.”
The master looked at the warrior and laughed, ridiculing him, “Why would you think I would waste my time teaching an ignoramus like you? You are an uneducated buffoon!”
The samurai, severely insulted, began to breathe heavily and grew red in the face. Furious, he drew his sword and lifted it to chop off the master’s head.
"That, sir," the master interrupted, "is hell."
Immediately the warrior was overcome with humility. Deeply grateful for the profundity of this lesson, he put his sword aside, fell at the master’s feet, and began to thank him profusely.
"And that, sir," continued the master, "is heaven."