Thursday, February 21, 2013

Step #2: A Cup of Tea

Each session of the peaceCENTER's book study of Karen Armstrong's "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life" ends with a short story -- a paradox to get the participants thinking in preparation for the next session. This week, Karen told the Zen story of "A Cup of Tea."
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."

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