A Cup Of Tea
Nan-in, a Japanese Zen master during the Meiji era (1868 – 1912), received a university professor who came to him to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured it into his visitor’s cup until it was full, and then he kept on pouring.
The professor watched it overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s full. No more will go in!” he cried out.
“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?”
Why am I sharing this anecdote? I intend to return You To Power So You Can Have Grace, Ease And Power Inside The Machine And Make the machine and your life Fly
But your cup is full… you already know the meaning of everything… in fact have known it forever… and therefore your life is fixed, and that’s that. So you merely sample what I teach, you pick and choose what you like and don’t like, even what you hear or ignore.
Maybe you can’t do better. Maybe you can only see what is visible from the singular vantage point: from behind your eyes.
What does that mean?
There is a word in the English language that is used in a limiting way: only as duty, or what you should do. Continue reading “Driftwood? Why driftwood?”