His large audiences angered a priest of the Nichiren sect because the adherents had left to hear about Zen. So one day the self-centered Nichiren priest came to the temple, determined to debate with Bankei.
"Hey, Zen teacher!" he called out, "Wait a minute. Whoever respects you will obey what you say, but a man like me does not respect you. Can you make me obey you?"
"Come up beside me and I will show you," said Bankei.
Proudly the priest pushed his way through the crowd to the teacher.
Bankei smiled. "Come over to my left side." The priest moved himself to the left side of Bankei.
"No," said Bankei, "we may talk better if you are on my right side. Step over here." And the priest proudly stepped over to Bankei’s right.
"You see," observed Bankei, "you are already obeying me and I think you are a very gentle person. Now sit down and listen to me."