Is that something to look so hard for day and night?
It's you who are the Buddha, but you just won't see -
Why go riding on an ox in search for an ox?
For the next three weeks, Ox Herding (the blog) will focus on ox herding (the metaphor). I was inspired to spend time with this rich body of imagery by Shinzen Young's talk on the subject (which will be featured on the next three Fridays).
The collection of images, poetry and commentary known as the Ox Herding Pictures (also known as the Ten Bulls) was developed in its current form by Ch'an Master Kuòān Shīyuǎn in the 12th century C.E. Since then, many teachers and artists have developed the imagery, and added new poems and/or comments.
So limber your lasso and saddle up your horse - we're gonna go out and rustle up some bull!
By the way, my favorite modern version of the Ox Herding imagery was created by Damien Crowe, a German artist. I can't reproduce them without permission, but you can see the set on Flickr here.
Photo by David Lea