Teacher and Student

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

“The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness” – Zen saying
“A pot is useful not for its clay, but for its emptiness.” – Tao Te Ching

“A Guru is the one to show you the righteous path. But you alone have to walk the path. No one else can bear the burden of your Karma. Your cross is yours alone to bear.” – Ujjwal Dey Guruji

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A learned man once went to a Zen master to inquire
about Zen. As the Zen master talked, the learned man
would frequently interrupted him with remarks like,
“Oh yes, we have that too….”, etc.
Finally the Zen master stopped talking and began to
serve tea to the learned man; however, he kept on pour-
ing until the tea cup over flowed.
“Enough, no more can go into the cup!” the learned man
interrupted.
“Indeed I see,” answered the Zen master. “If you do not
first empty your cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?”

–  The above was written by Bruce Lee in his Jee Kune Do manuscript

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