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A professor, who was looking for wisdom, went to see a wise man named Nan-in.
 During their meeting, Nan-in was pouring tea and continued to pour and pour
 even though the professor’s cup was overflowing.
  The professor cried. “Enough! No more will go in!”
  Nan-in replied “Like this cup you are full of your own opinions and ideas.
 How can you find wisdom unless you first empty your cup?”

                              a Zen story

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