The Daily Dharma – April 26, 2021

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 could no longer 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?”

from 101 Zen Stories (reprinted in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones)