On not serving tea – by a Zen master



Leave your front door and your back door open

Allow your thoughts to come and go.

Just don’t serve them tea.

Shunryu Suzuki


More about Shunryu Suzuki – HERE



Juxtaposition-ing: Teachings from Baha’i and Zen Buddhism

This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein! Swift as the twinkling of an eye ye can, if ye but wish it, reach and partake of this imperishable favor, this God-given grace, this incorruptible gift, this most potent and unspeakably glorious bounty………. by Baha’u’llah – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-153.html

Not knowing how near the truth is,
People seek it far away, what a pity!
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries in thirst so imploringly.

Zen master Hakuin – (January 19, 1686 – January 18, 1768)

You know the sound of two hands clapping…

You know the sound of two hands clapping; tell me, what is the sound of one hand? Zen Master Hakuin)


A university professor went to visit a f…

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”