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Empty Your Cup

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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