Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Taming of the Wild Ox

Taming the Wild OxTen Oxherding Pictures, by Zen Master Kakuan, China, 12th C. A sequence of ten illustrations depicting the levels of realization in Zen, these ancient drawings with Verse and Comments are presented in two new English translations along with contemporary commentary. For zen adepts, dog walkers, and web visitors contemplating a Wilderness Nature Retreat. CLICK & GO! (On this page.) Introduction. 1.Seeking the Ox. 2.Finding the tracks. 3.First glimpse of the Ox. 4.Catching the Ox. 5.Taming the Ox. 6.Riding the Ox home! 7.Ox forgotten, Self alone. 8.Both Ox and Sekf forgotten. 9.Returning to the source. 10.Entering the Market Place withg open hands. Book and Internet Sources. From my mailbag: I love the 10 ox Herding pictures you have on the web page. Where can I get a nice copy of these for my husband's birthday. A fine example of Zen persistence in "the search." Searching for the Bull. (A Zen Ox Story from Uncle Tantra.) (On the next page.) How to Sit (Meditation tips). The Zen of Dog Walking.

Your Adirondack Guide. Dear Visitor,
In Buddhist scripture from ancient times sages have compared the human mind with a wild ox. The ox, the most useful beast of burden, had to be captured, tethered and broken to a harness of sorts, a long slow process which eventually made available to man the great power of the beast. Following the example in the story, the Zen initiate is encouraged to directly experience his own mind through zazen (sitting meditation), subdue anxieties and desires, experience oneness with all, and find ultimately great peacefulness (satori).
You may consider bringing your ox to experience the natural beauty of our Adirondacks. CLICK HERE for more.

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