The Necessity of an Empty Mind

Yoga can help us to purify the body and the mind bringing us back to that blessed state of receptivity from which we can start to learn.

A Zen story tells of Nan-in, a Japanese master, during the Meiji era, who received a university professor. The professor came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured is visitor’s cup full, and kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself.

“It is overful. 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?”

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few”.”