Empty your cup!
Thereâ€™s an old Zen story that goes like this: A young man had
read all the books he could find about Zen. He heard about a great
Zen master and requested and appointment with him to ask for
teachings. When they were seated, the young man proceeded to tell
the master everything he had understood from his reading, saying that
Zen is about this and Zen is about that, on and onâ€¦
After some time, the master suggested that they have tea. He
performed the traditional tea ceremony while the student sat at
attention, bowing when served, saying nothing. The master began to
pour tea into the studentâ€™s cup. He poured until it was full, and kept
pouring. The tea ran over the edge of the cup and onto the table. The
master kept pouring as the tea ran off the table and onto the floor.
Finally, the student couldnâ€™t contain himself any longer. He shouted,
â€œStop! Stop pouring! The cup is full â€" no more will go in!â€
The master stopped pouring and said, â€œJust like this cup, your
mind is full of your own opinions and preconceptions. How can you
learn anything unless you first empty your cup?â€
And so it is with you now â€" if youâ€™re going to benefit from this
book and all of the knowledge I reveal within the pages ahead, you
must first empty your mind so that you can actually learn something.
- 13 -