"The Gates of Paradise"
(a Zen Parable )

6-15-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #395
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Pastor Daniel

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Story of the Week
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The Gates of Paradise
(a Zen Parable)

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 Nobushige 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.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.

(From: Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        “…on Earth as it is in Heaven.” OK… so that's more than just words to be repeated, right?

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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