kinds of troubles:
- ego, identification, self
- lack of insight
- lack of compassion
We have different facets. Each facet can give problems.
We are born with values for those facets. In other word, no tabula rasa, no clean slate. Acquiring one is a Taoist goal. As we live , which begins before birth and continues until death, they get filled.
. 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 and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
emptying cup or cleaning slate.
Are we the only ones with those facets ?