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Zen Parable February 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance.

An arrogant man, who felt that no one could teach him anything, visited a Zen master for tea.  

The Zen master poured the tea until it overflowed the cup, and still he continued to pour. 

The arrogant man cried, “Master, stop!  Why do you keep pouring? The cup is full.”

The master replied, “You too are full of your opinions and judgments about the world.  You must empty yourself of the past, to receive the present.” 

Quote:  When we hang on to our opinions and judgments, there is no room for anything else.  Lama Surya Das


1. RichardWScott - February 27, 2010

This is one of those Zen stories that, no matter how often I hear it, always speaks to me. Oddly enough, I need constant reminding. Thanks.

nrhatch - February 27, 2010

Me too!

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