Friday, March 26

A cup of tea.

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"


Hans said...

ha! oh wise one

billybytedoc said...

Or expand the cup. Hah!

JOVIAN said...

wait for it....

"There is no cup."

Metamatician said...

all you comedians.

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