Monday, June 9, 2008
Pride and wisdom: Zen and tarot.
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. "It's overfull! No more will go in!" the professor blurted. "You are like this cup," the master replied, "How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup."
the above is the zen story.
When i met katrin and asked, if a cup is full, how to fill more water in it?
Katrin's answer was to get a bigger cup.....
Hmm it really humbled me. well i was the university professor and she was the zen master. i thought that she understood some zen. but her answer is truth ful. get a bigger cup. to hold more knowledge. of course one could argue saying that if the cup refers to a person's knowledge or capacity to accept things. one could not get a bigger cup. however, i feel differently. we are all having this option. so why do we begin as a beginner at times? it is the acceptance of ideas.
So either to get a bigger cup would work as well as emptying the cup..
knowledge is not one sided.... it is shared....
perhaps i will learn more from this student of mine.