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...
IF PEOPLE WILL BE...
CT: If people on the earth will be awakened and happy when they hear and know how old the deluded old man is, then he vows to repeat whatever old he is many times a day, as he can, for the rest of his life-span.
If not so, please do not waste your time in vain: -in using your yard-stick such as "honesty" or "dishonesty", etc...to measure the immense and empty space; -in using your your tea-spoon to measure water of the oceans; -in counting grains of sands on the beach for how old the blue sky is.
If anyone tries to do so, he certainly will get frustrated or upset himself and not happy at all.
Visitor: I am very pleased I pursued in vain and got a little frustrated. Why? - Because I am now more awake. I wouldn't mind arguing some more if that meant the clouds would blow away.
CT: Why don't you argue with yourself?
Visitor: I already do this. Some things I have been able to let go into the skies above. I can't argue the oneness away though. Could you help?
Visitor: It seems he couldn't help this time.
CT: Help yourself.
CT & Visitor 04/02/03
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