Zen in a teacup

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served him tea. He poured tea into the cup and even though the cup was full, he kept pouring.

professor: Master, the cup is overflowing with tea. Please do not pour any more.

Nan-in: You are just like this cup, full of your own views and with your own way of thinking. If you do not empty your cup first, how am I to show you Zen?

Those who are full of their own opinions will be deaf to words of wisdom from others. In a discussion between two persons, what often happens is that each is intent on asserting his own views. As a result, apart from hearing his own voice or views, he does not learn anything else.


学者: 师父,茶已经满出来了,不要再倒了。
南隐禅师: 你就象这只茶杯一样,里面装满了你自己的看法、想法。你不先把你自己的杯子空掉,叫我如何为你说禅?


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