The teachings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers and of the Ancients still have much to offer us today.
A seeker went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the seeker talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The seeker watched the overflowing cup until they could no longer restrain themself. "It's overfull! No more will go in!" the seeker blurted. "You are like this cup," the master replied, "How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup."
Of what does your cup need to be emptied so that you may be filled? With what do you wish to be filled?
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Monks in Our Midst: writings by monks from the 3rd to the 21st centuries.