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Chuang Tzu: A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master

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Chuang Tzu: A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master
   
  
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Photo: Women having tea in Japan, 1904.
 

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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.

(Chuang Tzu)

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Recommended Reading:

'The Book of Chuang Tzu'
By Martin Palmer (Translator, Introduction), Elizabeth Breuilly  (Translator)

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Description:


One of the founders of Taoism, Chuang Tzu was firmly opposed to Confucian values of order, control, and hierarchy, believing the perfect state to be one where primal, innate nature rules. Full of profundity as well as tricks, knaves, sages, jokers, unbelievably named people, and uptight Confucians, The Book of Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao-the Way of Nature- not as a term to be explained but as a path to walk. Radical and subversive, employing wit, humor, and shock tactics, The Book of Chuang Tzu
 offers an intriguing look deep into Chinese culture.

 

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