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Above and below are a couple of excerpts from Paul Reps' book Zen Telegrams that I'm particularly fond of. And, as someone who's had one foot in academia for a long time, here's a long-time favorite short piece from Reps' Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings:

1. A Cup of Tea: Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912) received a university profesor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his vistor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overful. 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?"


09/01/2020

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