A cup of tea

I have met people of various characters some of whom I aspire to be and others I wish them every success. My most recent one is of the latter and I would like to share this story with you:

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868–1912), received a university professor who had come 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?”

Pearl of wisdom: A mind that overflows with thoughts is not open to fresh ideas.