Once upon a time, a person who sought enlightenment went to a Zen master. While waiting for the master, the individual became rather impatient and began tapping their foot and repeatedly looked at their watch. When the master walked in and offered a cup of tea, the individual took the cup and critically looked at the old man and said, “I want wisdom, not tea.” The master smiled and started to pour the tea, and he poured and poured, and he poured some more. The cup overflowed, spilling on the person who angrily jumped and said, “What’s the matter with you old man? The master smiled and said,
“It is impossible to fill a cup that is already full.
Your mind is already full.
Only an empty mind can be taught.”
To be aware and live within truth, we must take a hard look at our assumptions because they can become our greatest obstacle. When we hold onto an assumption, we are not teachable. For us to change, we must empty our cup. To be able to see the world truthfully, we must be willing to see the world differently.