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Zen, Part four

Sorry folks, I got swamped on Friday and didn’t get out this last part of the Zen section. Tomorrow will start the Q&A messages until I run out of good questions. If you have a question, TODAY is an excellent time to ask. Just send them to dailybuddhism@gmail.com.

Our first Koan:

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A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. 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?”

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And there is the core of “zazen” right there. You need to empty your mind of the clutter of this world. Not necessarily just your day-to-day business and life-worries, but your preconceptions about the universe and life itself. Things are rarely what they seem at first, worries about the past or future have no value, and are in fact bad for you. Just clear your mind and “be here, now.”

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