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Emptying Your Cup

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A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself.

“It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”

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  1. Shaky
    November 13th, 2012 at 20:38 | #1

    Absolutely powerful meaning. One has to truely be attentive to what is most of the time obvious.

  2. Will
    November 13th, 2012 at 23:14 | #2

    Powerful indeed! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom, Shaky.

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