The following is a koan, or short parable, written by the Japanese Zen teacher Muju (the "non-dweller").
It is known as A Cup of Tea.
It says all it needs to say.
It is a prayer to brevity and tolerance.
And it leaves no space for ambiguity.
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?"