a zen story, modified

February 24th, 2006

from 101zenstories.com:

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?”

“What a sanctimonious prick,” the Professor thought, “just like all Buddists.”

One Response to “a zen story, modified”

  1. Eric Hessell says:

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