Jikihara Roshi’s zenga ink paintings (12th Century), illustrating the successive stages of the spiritual journey…
The man actively seeks the ox in the forest.
The man discovers its tracks.
The man spies the ox in the distance.
The man catches the ox.
The man tames the ox.
The man rides the ox home.
Once home, the man forgets the ox and is left with himself alone.
The man forgets the self as well.
The man is returned to the source of his being.
The man enters the marketplace to serve with helping hands.