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“Being filled with our own opinions and speculations are what limits out mind. Empty your mind and your mind will expand”:- Tai-Da Vrikaurvan

My mentor introduced me to Zen during training and gave me some Zen Koans to look through. The first Koan was “A Cup of Tea” and the Koan made me realize things about my mind. The Koan reads,

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?”

A lot of people in the world now are very close minded. We stick to our own views and usually end up arguing with the people around us for their disagreements. Very little of us look outside of the box or even consider thinking about other possibilities.

This Koan made me realize how close minded I really was, I realized the the force is but a name and when I said I didn’t believe in God, I realized all I didn’t believe in was the name “god” Words are only symbols. And this Koan made me realize that god symbolizes what I believe in which is the force. God to someone else is the Force to me. A lot of people do not realize how close minded they really are. I didn’t think I was close minded before I read this but after it showed me that I was.

Our minds are like the cup in the Koan, a cup is limited you can only fit so much in the cup before it over flows. But instead of out minds being full of tea like the cup our minds our filled with our own views and speculations. If we open up our mind, and remove the words from what our belief’s are we see what it truly is and we become more open minded to other peoples beliefs rather than their name for it.

This makes our mind expand, and we empty out mind like the tea server says, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup” Our mind is the cup and we are emptying it. By emptying our mind we gain the ability to look out side of the box as words mean nothing but what they symbolize does, and we also gain better understanding of other peoples views.

To me as a Jedi this is very useful, I should be open minded and able to understand another point of view. I also agree that words are only symbols and we should see the true beauty of what the symbol represents rather than the symbol itself.

Written by - Tai-Da Vrikaurvan

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