A professor commuted from Tokyo to Nanin’s temple in Kamakura many Sunday mornings to learn Zen. One morning Nanin served him tea. He poured the professor’s cup full—and kept on pouring.
The professor watched until he could restrain himself no longer.
“Sensei!” he protested, “it is overflowing!”
Then Master Nanin said, “Like this cup, you are so full of opinions and speculations that there is no room for anything further.”
When the cup overflows
Oftentimes many get stuck in their paths to higher inner experiences and flowering because their own intellects function as the key barrier to That. One must empty himself – unschooling of sorts – before they can learn Zen enlightenment.
This is the dilemma of everybody existing in this Information Age we are currently in where there is so much information and knowledge for everyone, at least according to their intellectual levels. Literacy levels in the world have never been as high as there are in the modern world. We are certainly the luckiest generation that knows the entire taste of liberty.
There are no reasons as to why the modern man shouldn’t live in total Bliss and Inner-Peace because all else is perfect in the outer environment – freedom, peace and liberty, a wealthier world than that of our forefathers, diversity, efficient systems of governance (rule of law reigns supreme), science, technology, and so on and so forth. But true and formidable Peace and awareness has not been easy to bump into for many a people because the dynamics of these mechanism – enlightenment – doesn’t necessarily follow the preconceptions and presumptions of the human mind. The Laws of this peculiar dimension are immutably non-definitive and nonconceptual. This means the ordinary intellectual tricks we learn in the universities and professions would be of minimal use in unlocking this subtle potential.