Chokei Daian said:
I have lived on Isan Mountain for 30 years, eating Isan rice and shitting Isan shit. However, I haven't studied Isan Zen.
I have just watched over an old castrated water buffalo. When it wandered into the weeds, I would drag it out. When it strayed into someone's garden, I would chastise it.
Though I have bawled it out for a long time, people would come to it and say, "Oh you poor creature!"
But now it has turned into a white ox, right out in the open.
It is always before me. All day long it shines brightly. Even if I try to drive it off, it never leaves.
Some of us have never seen such an ox. Maybe some have never even looked.
But, as today's video demonstrates, an ox can become gentle and bright, so that even children can care for it. Someone only has to do the work of taming it. How about you? How about me?
Thank you for reading this week's Ox Tales. Best wishes in your herding!