A young man came to a master of the Cha Dao seeking wisdom.
The master had just selected a tea which he wanted to enjoy, and he invited the young man to sit and enjoy the tea with him.
As the master prepared the tea the young man watched very attentively, and was captivated by the ease with which the master moved as he prepared the tea.
When the first cup of tea was poured, and the young man tasted it he could not help but smile.
“Master this tea is really good!” Said the young man. “Will you teach me how I can do this?”
“Yes, of course.” Said the master as he poured another cup, and continued to brew the leaves.
“How much will it cost to have you teach me your methods master?” Asked the student.
The master smiled and said, “I don’t know. We’ll have to figure that out later I guess.”
“When can I begin my study?” Asked the young man.
“When you realize that you’re already master than you can start to be the student.”
The young man had watched lots of Kung-fu movies where wise masters said just this sort of thing, and so he had expected something like this to happen. However, now that it had happened he did not know how to respond, and so he just said, “Huh?”
“Don’t worry about it. You’ll get it at some point.”
“How will I know when I get it?” Asked the young man.
“It’s just one of those things. You’ll know when it happens. You might think it happens when it doesn’t… that happens all the time… but trust me when you know you’ll know that you know. It’s really nice when it happens.”
“Ok… What do I do next?”
The master stood and stretched. He looked at the young man and said, “I have to use the bathroom. Make some more tea.”