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...
HE IS LIKE A MAN
He is like a man who gets a big jar, uses his hands to grasp some space of this place to fill up the jar, replaces its lid. Then he takes the jar on his shoulder walking to another place, puts the jar down, removes the lid, pours the space inside out. What would you think? Is the first place lacking some space and the second space getting some excess space?
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