After years of putting this off, I’ve finally committed to my ignorant little quest. I’m tired and frustrated by the constant “spinning” of every piece of information. The only way to know, really know, what’s going on is to approach subjects the way zen monks do: with an empty cup. I’m emptying my cup of preconceived notions and embracing the unknown. In the end, that’s the only way we learn things.

That is the only way we grow.

TeacupMy favorite story about ignorance is the parable of the zen student and the teacup. A zen student went in to see a zen master. The master invited him to sit down and have a cup of tea. The student began to tell the master of all the things he’d learned and the former masters he had studied with. The student went on and on of the knowledge he’d gained. The master began to pour tea into the student’s cup. As the student went on and on, the master continued to pour. The tea began to overflow spilling on to the tray and floor.

The student stopped talking and said to the master, “Master, the cup is full!”

The master replied, ” Your mind is like this cup. Until you empty it, there is nothing I can teach you.”

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