Sunday, December 23, 2007

ZEN: Empty Your Cup

This was one of Bruce Lee's favorite Zen stories as well as one of mine's:

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?"

You may not agree with whatever I post, but please keep an open mind. It may or may not be right for you at the current time, but as Dr. Gyi always say, "File it away." One day you may have use for that piece of info/technique/etc. A very good friend is fond of reminding me, "The Years knows what the Days don't."

Empty your cup as you check out my blog and my site :-)



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