Kōan 2: A 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 … Continue reading Kōan 2: A Cup of Tea

A Story and Introduction to Kōans

Recently I bought the Blu-Ray set for Avatar the Last Airbender because who doesn’t need some Uncle Iroh in their life? I guess I’ve been stressed and conflicted a lot lately, and I just felt like Iroh has always had a calming effect on me. I mean I even named my dog Mako after Iroh’s original voice actor, so clearly there’s something to the character’s … Continue reading A Story and Introduction to Kōans