Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Empty Your Cup: A Cup of Tea

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Overflowing Tea cupNan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came 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?”

Contributed By Sensei Dane Harden

Dane Harden

About Dane Harden

Dane Harden has written 14 article(s) on World Wide Dojo - Home.

Colonel Harden has trained in the martial arts since 1969. He is also a medical professional and an Army Veteran with numerous combat deployments. He holds numerous Black belt ratings and instructor certifications in Tae kwon do, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Goshindo sword. He is a member of the Senior Mentors Black Belt Board of Directors with the Joe Lewis fighting System, a Chudokai Aikido Federation International Instructor, USA Olympic Tae Kwon Do member, and a Goshindo Sword and Chanbara Association Instructor. Sensei Harden owns and operates Western Masters Martial Arts, Inc. with locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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