from a previous post 🙂




A Japanese master received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

The master 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?”

(Author unknown)


Sometimes we must let go of preconceptions, assumptions, opinions and judgements so we can  keep an open mind to learn something new.

In life we also need to stop clinging to attachments. As my mom used to say:

“If we keep our fists closed, with whatever it is we are holding on, we cannot open our hands to receive something new”. Doris

Bible Mark 2:22

“And no one pours new wine…

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