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  • Hardeep Singh

#82 - old Zen Fable

Empty your cup 

Confused? So was I, the first time I came across the term. Let me tell you an old Zen story.

Once, a long time ago, there was a wise Zen master. People from Near and Far would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come and ask him to teach them, enlighten them in the way of Zen. He seldom turned any away.

One day an important man, a man used to command and obedience came to visit the master. “I have come today to ask you to teach me about Zen. Open my mind to enlightenment.”

The tone of the important man’s voice was one used to getting his own way.

The Zen master smiled and said that they should discuss the matter over a cup of tea. When the tea was served the master poured his visitor a cup. He poured and poured and the tea rose to the rim and began to spill over the table and onto the robes of the wealthy man. Finally, the visitor shouted,

“Enough. You are spilling the tea all over. Can’t you see the cup is full?”

The master stopped pouring and smiled at his guest. 

“You are like this teacup, so full that nothing more can be added. Come back to me when the cup is empty. Come back to me with an open mind.”

Moral of the story is that cup is only useful when there is still room for tea. As you carry on reading this book I would like to encourage you to empty your mental cup and read this book with an open Mind.

“Empty your cup so that it may be filled”

Bruce Lee

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