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“It is crucial to empty your mind first, creating space for fresh perspectives and comprehensive understanding.”

Stay humble, open to new ideas, willing to change preconceptions, and receptive to learning. Despite your knowledge, acknowledge that there’s more to learn. Master the art of unlearning to embrace new knowledge. Preconceived ideas and prejudices hinder the perception of truth.


STORY TIME : Empty Your Cup

Quest for Zen Wisdom

Once, there was a university professor renowned for his vast knowledge. He harboured a deep interest in delving into the teachings of Zen Buddhism and sought wisdom from a famous Japanese Zen master.

Encounter at the Zen Master’s Abode

Upon arriving at the Zen master’s abode, the disciples led him to the master’s room. Subsequently, after exchanging greetings, the Zen master inquired about the purpose of the professor’s visit, to which the professor expressed his desire to learn about Zen.

A Dialogue of Knowledge

Curious about the professor’s knowledge, the Zen master requested that he share something. The professor, known for his expertise, began discussing his research in various fields before delving into his understanding of Zen. The Zen master attentively listened for an hour and then proposed a tea break.

Overflowing Tea and Frustration

As the master poured tea into the cup, he continued to engage in the discussion. However, he kept pouring tea even after the cup was full, causing it to overflow onto the table and eventually onto the professor’s robes. Despite the overflowing tea, the Zen master persisted.

Protest and Departure

Frustrated, the professor exclaimed, “Stop! Can’t you see? The cup is full already. It’s overflowing. No more will go in!” Ignoring the protest, the Zen master continued pouring tea. Angrily, the professor left in haste, but the master chased after him, urging him to listen.

The Zen Master’s Explanation

The Zen master patiently explained the significance of continuing to pour tea into the full cup. He likened the professor to an overflowing cup, emphasising the need to empty one’s mind to make room for new insights. Until the professor could create space for more knowledge, he would struggle to accept new information—much like a cup that cannot hold more tea until it’s emptied.

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