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...
MAN OF WISDOM DOES NOT REALIZE TAO
One day a monk paid a visit to Tinh Khong (1091-1170), a Vietnamese Zen master, who was of the tenth generation of Vo Ngon Thong lineage, and asked: -From old days it was talked about "direct pointing", what does that mean? The master replied: -One goes to the farm and harvests everyday, but the storage is always empty. -I do not understand. -The sun and the moon are ever bright, but clouds arise and cover. Then the master gave this verse: "A man of wisdom did not realize Tao. A man of delusion realized Tao. One who is sleeping soundly does not know what is fale or what is true."
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