The Ten Ox Herding Pictures are a series of images with accompanying poems, and are amongst the most beloved pictures in Zen Buddhism. They have been the source of endless commentary and inspiration in Zen since at least the 12th century. These ox herding images are emblematic of the spiritual path to enlightenment. Each image represents a phase of the practice, beginning with a seeker looking for the mind, represented by the ox, and trying to realize an enlightened mind. He then searches for the ox, finds it, and struggles with it. He traps it, tames it, and rides away serenely on it, until there is complete emptiness. We will view the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures and discuss how to use them on the path to enlightenment.
John Cianciosi, a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1972 and served as spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is the author of The Meditative Path (Quest Books) and is currently the director of Public Programs at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton.
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