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...
THREE KINDS OF JUMPING
There are three kinds of jumping when people confront an abyss of blaze on their road.
-Firstly, when confronting an abyss of blaze, there were the ones - who might be called the greatest stupid persons - without a word, would immediately jump into it, get themselves burned totally and liberated since.
-Secondly, there were other ones who were neither stupid nor intelligent would be hesitating to jump into the abyss of blaze until some other person gave them a push and they would fall into it, get burned to death and liberated, too. These and the above, afterall, were not different.
-Thirdly, there were persons who were very or most intelligent would immediately make a jump, too, not into the abyss of blaze but into a little bucket of water. Therefore, they are still living day-by-day in this world.
What kind of jumping would you take when you confront the abyss in your road?
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