Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is my cup empty?

I am currently testing students. Some are concluding their formal education, but will they continue to learn?

I first read “A Cup of Tea” as I was working on my master’s degree back in the 80s. Unfortunately it took me years to really understand it. I would like to share it with you:

A Cup of Tea http://www.101zenstories.com/index.php?story=1

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?"

When I finished my master’s I figured that I pretty much knew all about training. Often I would see athletes or coaches doing things that I did not understand, and would assume that what they were doing was wrong.

Yes, there are people out there doing things wrong. But I can look back and see times when I missed an opportunity to learn. I hadn’t emptied my cup.

I am critical when I hear, read or see new information.

I filter it.

I test it.

But I give it a chance.


  1. officially my favourite blog post on the web this week....quick, concise, perfect....great job Carson

  2. Great Stuff Carson!

    A great reminder to keep up with the learning process, innovating every step of the way.