In which this story might make your thinking go a little bit funny
I love that boggling sound my brain makes when I read zen stories. Enjoy!
Zen Dialogue (China)
Two Zen temples each had a child protégé. One child, going to buy tea and vegetables each morning, would greet the other.
“Where are you going?” asked the one.
“I am going where my feet go,” the other responded.
This reply puzzled the first child, who went to his teacher for help. “Tomorrow morning,” said the teacher, “when you meet that fellow, ask him the same question. He will give you the same answer, and then you ask him, ‘Suppose you have no feet, then where are you going?’ Then, tell me his answer.”
The children met again the next morning. “Where are you going?” asked the one.
“I am going wherever the wind blows,” answered the other.
This surprised the second child, who returned to his teacher.
“Ask him where he is going if there is no wind,” suggested the teacher.
The next day, the children met a third time. “Where are you going?” asked the first child.
“I am going to market to buy tea and vegetables,” the other replied.