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Empty your cup

16 Oct 2015   Shanti Gowans

Nan-in, a Japanese Zen master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served his guest tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then just kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is full. Over. No more will go in! Stop!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in commented, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

As this story depicts, we often approach life situations with our own views and ideas, without taking off our opinionated lens. How then can we truly live life if we don’t release  prejudice and judgments?

When have you last emptied your cup? It's contents are cold, stale, old. Know that there are no negative or positive events, people, or situations in life. Realise that these only come disguised as such so that we can utilise them to assist in reaching full integration within our deepest being. There is no real separation or distinction in the universe, only change of form for the best of all. 




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