Trying to listen




If you had a chance to face Buddha ( or God, the Origin ) what would you do?  Would you listen, bow in honor and awe, watch critically passing judgement, or run your mouth about how things ought to be?

You see I think that sadly most of us would spoil our chance, for God, or the echo of the origin is all around us but we don't bother to look or to listen.  Our heads are so full of ideas, thoughts, and opinions that we don't notice.

This reminds me of a story about Nan-in, a Japanese zen master who received a scholar that was inquiring about zen.  The scholar was well respected and full of knowledge. 

After they were seated Nan-in served tea. When the scholar's cup was full he kept pouring. Finally the visitor yelled " It is full.  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?"

Now I am trying to listen.


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