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?”
It seems to me that, thanks to the Internet, there are quite a lot of teachers, but not that many people who know how to learn.
Yes, there’s an art to learning. To know what information is best suited to your own needs, motives, principles, and goals.
While this post is not going to teach you much about Zen Buddhism, it is going to offer you a different perspective on the
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