Everyone fled but the Zen master who lived modestly on the side of a steep mountain.
When the army took control of the capital, the famous warrior went to the cabin of the Zen master to see with his own eyes. Coming before him, he saw that it was a simple old man who’d not even stood up to beg for his life. The warrior burst out with insults.
“Old fool!” he said, drawing his sword, “don’t you realize you’re facing a man who could cut you in half in the blink of an eye?”
The teacher remained motionless and replied:
“Don’t you realize you’re facing a man who could be cut in half without blinking?”