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...
THE SOUND OF RAIN DROPS
Ching Ch'ing, a Chinese Ch'an master, asked a monk: -What is the sound outside? The monk answered: -That is the sound of rain. The master said: -Sentient beings are upside down, they lose themselves in pursuit of things. The monk asked: -What should I do? Ching Ch'ing replied: -I am the sound of the rain.
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