The Heart of the Matter
September 03, 2010
Ahhh... Watermelon!


Somewhere along the line you've probably heard of this thing called a "Zen Koan"-- a question or statement that cannot be "gotten" by the rational mind.

For centuries, Zen Masters have used them as a way to confound their students' habit of thinking too much -- with the intention of shocking the mind into a state of true awareness.

Appropriate responses to a koan may vary according to circumstances. Different teachers may demand different responses to a given koan on a given day. A fixed answer cannot be correct in every circumstance.

Sound familiar?

The Master -- Zen or otherwise -- is not looking for an answer in a specific form, but for evidence that the student has grasped something beyond duality, beyond mind, beyond all the strategizing and mental static that separates the seeker from the finder.

And now for the moment of truth...

"Where do you get the seeds to grow seedless watermelons?"

If you think you know the answer (or better yet, don't think, but know the answer anyway), lay it on me. I'll be giving away a copy of my poetry book, Thirst Quench Thirst to the three people who submit the best answer in any of the following categories:

1. Funniest
2. Most Zen-like
3. Most accurate

All responses will be posted HERE within the next two weeks. Stay tuned.

And now... go eat some watermelon!

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at September 3, 2010 09:58 AM


The wind of love spread the pollen from the flower of watermelon!

Posted by: Branka [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 07:58 AM

1. Scientifically, by producing F2 hybrids by crossing two tested seeded verities of watermelons. It is a top secret of seeds companies.The result seeds can be used only once of cause.
2. Sit and practice on a seeded watermelon for one month.
3. By doing a vasectomy on a normal watermelon

Posted by: Alon [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 07:46 PM

What is the sound of one hand sowing,grasshopper? Ok, the
scientific answer is that there is an enzyme in the mouth of
certain species of Japanese octopus, which causes the seed to mutate and produce the produce in question. At night the
octopus comes out of the sea to eat there favorite fruit and
then return quickly after spitting the seeds as far from the
sandy beach as they can. Ask any Japanese person and
you will become a believer!

Posted by: Beau Braun [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 08:27 PM

from the seedless watermelon tree,



Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 11:08 PM

from the BLACK (seed) market...

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 11:09 PM

It's easy to get non-seeds from a non-seeded melon.

Everyone knows that

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 11:10 PM

Seek and ye shall find.

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 3, 2010 11:10 PM

What came first, the unseen seed or the watermelon?

Posted by: Kimberley Scott [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 4, 2010 06:21 AM

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