A beautiful girl in the village was pregnant. Her angry parents demanded to
know who was the father. At first resistant to confess, the anxious and embarrassed
girl finally pointed to Hakuin, the Zen master whom everyone previously revered
for living such a pure life. When the outraged parents confronted Hakuin with
their daughter's accusation, he simply replied "Is that so?"
When the child was born, the parents brought it to the Hakuin, who now was viewed
as a pariah by the whole village. They demanded that he take care of the child
since it was his responsibility. "Is that so?" Hakuin said calmly as
he accepted the child.
For many months he took very good care of the child until the daughter could no
longer withstand the lie she had told. She confessed that the real father was
a young man in the village whom she had tried to protect. The parents immediately
went to Hakuin to see if he would return the baby. With profuse apologies they
explained what had happened. "Is that so?" Hakuin said as he handed
them the child.