Nan-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?”


Sometimes we must let go of preconceptions, assumptions, opinions and judgements so we can  keep an open mind to learn something new

In life we also need to stop clinging to attachments. As my mom used to say:

“If we keep our fists closed, with whatever it is we are holding on, we cannot open our hands to receive something new”.


Bible Mark 2:22

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

from my blog at: https://bodyandsoulnourishmentblog.wordpress.com/

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Published by Amira Carluccio