Saturday, April 5, 2014

Oxherding Pictures

Ox-Herding: Stages of Zen Practice
Compiled by John M. Koller, Department of Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prints by Master Gyokusei Jikihara

Ten 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.

The Ten Oxherding Pictures
From The Manual of Zen Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki. Prints by Shubun (15th Century)

Oxherding Pictures in Buddhism Now
The following pictures come from Songgwangsa, Korea, and are found on the outside walls of a meditation hall.






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