Put Your Hands On The Top Of Your Heads
Behind a temple there was a field where a lot of squashes were ripening. One day a fight started.
Now, you know, squashes are squashes… a great fight. The squashes split into two groups and made a big racket shouting at each other. And of course they used to live in a temple, they were growing in a temple, so those two groups must have been religious: Christian and Jew, Buddhist and Jaina, Hindu and Mohammedan – something like that.
A great theological debate arose.
The head priest heard the uproar. He yelled and scolded them saying, “Hey, you squashes! The idea of fighting among yourselves! And in a Zen temple?! Everyone do ZAZEN! Sit silently doing nothing.”
The priest taught them how to do ZAZEN: “Fold your legs like this; sit up and straighten your back and neck.” While the squashes were sitting ZAZEN, their anger subsided and they settled down.
Then the priest said, “Everyone put your hands on the top of your heads.” When the squashes felt the top of their own heads with their hands, they found some weird thing on their heads. It turned out to be the vine that connected them together.
They started laughing. They said, “This is really ridiculous! We are one, and we were fighting unnecessarily.”