OSHO :: Have a Cup of Tea

Here's a Zen Story:
Joshu, the Zen master, asked a new monk in the monastery, 'Have I seen you before?'
The new monk replied, 'No sir.'
Joshu said, 'Then have a cup of tea.'
Joshu then turned to another monk, 'Have I seen you here before?
The second monk said, 'Yes sir, of course you have.'
Joshu said, 'Then have a cup of tea.'
Later the managing monk of the monastery asked Joshu, 'How is it you make the same offer of tea to any reply?'
At this Joshu shouted, 'Manager, are you still here?'
The manager replied, 'Of course, Master.'
Joshu said, 'Then have a cup of tea.'

The first thing to be understood is that complex things can be understood, simple things cannot. A simple thing is alone. This Zen story about Joshu is very simple. It is so simple it escapes you: you try to grip it; you try to grab it - it escapes. It is so simple that your mind cannot work on it. Try to feel the story. I will not say try to understand because you cannot understand it - try to feel the story. Many things are hidden within it if you try to feel them; if you try to understand it nothing is there - the whole anecdote is absurd.

Osho, A Bird on the Wing, Talk #4