Zen Master Says Empty Your Cup

Good morning loved ones,

Our life is so occupied, our mind is busy all the times and our thoughts are everywhere. Yet we all are looking for peace and happiness. We want to take a vacation so that we can relax our mind. Most of us want to learn something new in life; experience something unique every day, something out of the ordinary. But we are carrying the baggage of our old thoughts all the time, how will we able to experience something new? To find something new, we have to let go of the old. When it comes to our thoughts, let’s not be a hoarder.

I just want to share a beautiful Zen story… A professor went to visit a famous Zen master. When the master was quietly serving 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 stop 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.”

What a beautiful story!!

Let’s give it a moment and think, What is Zen? Have you ever tried to look definition? Can you define it to someone?

Zen is not a theory, an idea, or a piece of knowledge. It is not a belief, a dogma, or a religion, but rather, it is a practical experience. We cannot intellectually grasp Zen because human intelligence and wisdom are too limited. Zen is not a moral teaching, and as it is without dogma, it does not require one to believe in anything.

A true spiritual path is not supposed to tell people what to believe in, rather it shows them how to think and in the case of Zen- what not to think.

**This story is from Sufi and Zen Parables by James Khan

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