Zen Master Bankei and the Nichiren Priest: A Short Buddhist Story

Once Bankei was being heckled by a Nichiren priest — those Nichirens can be very fanatical. The Nichiren priest was standing on the fringe of a crowd listening to Bankei, and he called out, “I don’t understand a single word you’re saying!”

And Bankei said, “Come closer, and I’ll explain it to you.”

So the priest walked into the crowd, and Bankei said, “Come on, come closer.”

And he came closer. “Come closer still!” And he came closer. “Please, closer still” — until he was right next to Bankei. And Bankei said, “How well you understand me!”

Source: “What is Zen?”, by Alan Watts