Sunday, May 01, 2005

Emptying your cup

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master.

While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen.

The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring.

The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself.

"It's overfull! No more will go in!" the professor blurted.

"You are like this cup," the master replied, "How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup."

This is one of the great paradoxes of life, the weak can become strong, the poor rich, the foolish become enlightened.

Are we so overful with knowledge that we can no longer accept more enlightenment?


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