A long time ago in Japan, one Zen Master was receiving a scholar, a university
professor. At their meeting the Zen Master invited the scholar to drink tea
with him. They sat together and the professor was talking and talking and
talking about his understanding of Zen. In the meantime, the Zen Master
started to pour tea into the cup. He was pouring and pouring and pouring and
pouring. When the cup was full he kept on pouring and the cup overflowed.
The professor was talking but finally noticed the overflowing cup and said,
“Stop! It cannot take any more. It’s already full.” The Zen Master put the
teapot aside and said, “Just like your mind. Always filled with opinions. How
can I teach you anything? ”
So that’s what mind is mostly all about. Since the moment we were born we
started to learn. But not just to learn. We started to have opinions about
everything. More and more and more opinions about everything. Like and
dislike. Good and bad. Nice, not nice. So on and so on. How can we really
attain when the cup is so full? The same with giving. How can we give
anything when we’re holding too much? Not possible. You cannot do anything.
Open your hands and you can give and you can get. Open your mind, and you
can give and everything can come. So it’s very important to have enough mind.
Enough mind, then maybe half a cup, maybe two thirds of a cup. Maybe
completely full cup. Maybe empty cup. Doesn’t matter. What are you doing
right now? Today just one quarter of a cup of tea. Wonderful.
©Copyright Zen Master Bon Yo, Kwan Um School of Zen