An Old Story...  

LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
3114 posts
4/27/2005 2:04 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

An Old Story...

There is an old Zen story about a scholar who visited a famous master to inquire into the meaning of Zen. The scholar asked question after question but was so full of his own ideas that he rarely gave the master an opportunity to answer.

After about an hour of this one-sided dialogue, the master asked the scholar if he would like a cup of tea. When the scholar held out his cup, the master filled it but kept on pouring.

“Enough,” the scholar cried out. “The cup is full, it won’t hold any more.”

“Yes,” replied the master, “and so is your mind. You can’t learn Zen until you empty your cup!”

Would anyone care to reveal what this is saying to all of us?

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
4/30/2005 9:33 pm

ah actually it is all the rubbish we have picked up along the way the old habits the misconceptions we must first remove before we can learn anew, one of the biggest hinderance to a student is their assumptions and misconceptions that pervert their learning....


rm_lickeetung 57F

4/28/2005 3:30 pm

Thanks Mystic.......I'm still here.......still reading. I know I had no comments for a spell got me with these! Thanks for the posts..........I hope more interpretations follow from others!

LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
1241 posts
4/28/2005 2:27 pm

I agree with both of you.

I am glad to see these got your attention lickee, I wasn't sure if I still had you as a reader or not

I am glad I still do!

rm_lickeetung 57F

4/28/2005 11:08 am

Too many thoughts keep your mind too busy..........slow down, take deep breaths, and just be in the moment.......without thought. Awareness can come through this peaceful exercise, meditation so to speak.....and can help connect us more to our hearts. Turn off your mind and connect with your heart and soul. Or another way of looking at it..........stop overthinking everything.....sometimes there is great value in the "just do it" approach. Just a few thoughts..........nice post........thanks.

SilverDawning 54F
28 posts
4/28/2005 12:00 am

I can only speak for myself. However.. it speaks to tell ones to live in the moment. to not be so full of oneself that one is not able to experience anything else. That we can learn from all things along ouir journey if we are only open to the moment...

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