A Cup of Tea

Nanin, a Japanese master during the Meiji era received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nanin 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,” Nanin said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”