Squabbling Squashes

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Carol Lingman Shohaku Okumura Minette Mangahas

“A gorgeous, colorful picture book…this read is equally light and profound.”
—Bonnie Nadzam, Lion’s Roar

“It’s true that we are all different squashes . . . some are bigger and some are smaller . . . some are rounder and some are longer. But even if we are different, we are all connected. We are all growing together. We don’t have to be such squabbling squashes.”

Squabbling Squashes is a story for children of all ages about interconnection and learning to live in harmony amid differences, from a leading light of contemporary Zen—based on a parable from Kosho Uchiyama’s classic bestseller Opening the Hand of Thought.

“An essential teaching for all children, told with delightful, relatable warmth.”
 —Sumi Loundon Kim, author Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings

“Super enjoyable to hear, read, and savor for people of all ages, Squabbling Squashes helps our future generations to be aware of a universal mutual tie in society and nature.”
—Kazuaki Tanahashi, author of Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis

“An ancient tale cultivating mindfulness today.”
—Lauen Alderfer, author of Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

Listen to a few remarks from Okumura Roshi.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages, 10 x 8 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9781614296935
  • ebook
  • 32 pages
  • $14.99
  • ISBN 9781614296928
about the author
Squabbling Squashes

Carol Lingman is a Zen practitioner and retired editor, living in Sonoma County, California, where she practices East Asian calligraphy and the Feldenkrais Method.  She has written and edited many educational, environmental, and movement studies publications for adults. This is her first children’s book.

Squabbling Squashes

Shohaku Okumura is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. He is a graduate of Komazawa University and has practiced in Japan at Antaiji, Zuioji, and the Kyoto Soto Zen Center, and in Massachusetts at the Pioneer Valley Zendo. He is the former director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. His previously published books of translation include Shobogenzo ZuimonkiDogen ZenZen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and Opening the Hand of Thought. Okumura is also editor of Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time; and SotoZen. He is the founding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community, based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he lives with his family.

Other books by Shohaku Okumura:
Dogen’s Shōbōgenzō Zuimonki
Mind Sky
Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom
The Mountains and Waters Sutra
Dōgen’s Extensive Record
The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
Realizing Genjōkōan
Living by Vow
Opening the Hand of Thought

Squabbling Squashes

Minette Mangahas is an artist and designer whose calligraphy-inspired work has been featured internationally. When not illustrating squashes in Squabbling Squashes, she’s eating them.

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