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Zen means understanding your true self so we ask who am I An eminant teacher once held a cup of water to a student asking What is this The student repliedthat is a cup You are attached to name an form sure a cup is a cup but what is a cup This student was stumped and did not know how to reply so he answered I dont know Wasting no more time this Zen Master tilted back this cup of water and drank from it commenting that is a cup OK The student bowed saying thank you for having showed me my way This teaching is an interesting one who am I has alot to do with that question what is this The students reply was simply I dont know Thats great but there is actually a very simple answer beyond all speech and words for any kind of questioning Can you find it That drinking this demonstrated the true nature of a cup Of course a cup is a cup and yes it certainly holds water or liquid But that is mere intellectual understanding of a cup if I want to understand the cups correct function I need to drink what is in it So how does this teaching tie into that question Who am I-you must find it What is a human beings direction A human beings correct function Everything a human being hears smells tastes touches and views is already the complete truth There is no explanation needed at any of those points Because in that hearing that smelling that tasting that touching that viewing-you already understand All of those points are completely before all thinking No actual thoughts are needed to carry out any one of those tasks So whenever you are carrying any one of these out you already sit with your true self Everything is already explained and understood though there was no real explanation The sun rises
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