Empty my cup of tea


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 until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”


Quote of the day

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Mike Cohn, 1986: “Consider giving your team a chance to recharge sometime. This can be as simple as giving them one sprint in which they work at half velocity. Each person spends the rest of the time on personal improvement. Catching up on reading. Watching videos. Even cleaning a messy desk can count”