Acknowledging the old masters admonition to seek realization directly rather than through analysis, we hope to avoid succumbing to this temptation by keeping the words "about Zen" to a minimum. Thus, presenting the stories of Zen provide great clarity about Zen.
A man was visiting a Zen master in Japan. The Zen master invited him to drink tea with him. They sat together and the man was talking and talking and talking about his understanding of Zen. In the meantime, the Zen master started to pour tea into the cup. He was pouring and pouring and pouring and pouring. When the cup was full he kept on pouring and the cup overflowed.
The man was talking but finally noticed the overflowing cup and said, "Stop! It cannot take any more. It's already full."
The Zen Master put the teapot aside and said, "Just like your mind. Always filled with opinions. How can I teach you anything?