My Cup is Full…

by Marcus on January 27, 2011

There is a Zen story of a university professor who came to inquire about the philosophy of Zen. While Zen master Nan-In silently prepared tea, the professor expanded on his own beliefs at some length.

Nan-In began to pour tea into his visitors cup and carried on pouring. The cup overflowed, and still Nan-In poured, until the professor exclaimed: “It’s already full! No more will go in”

“Like this cup”, explained Nan-In, “you are already full of your own speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

I love this Zen story. I have Qigong students like this, and unless they can empty their cup – they are impossible to teach.

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