Jikihara Roshi’s zenga ink paintings (12th Century), illustrating the successive stages of the spiritual journey…

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man actively seeks the ox in the forest.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man discovers its tracks.

 Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man spies the ox in the distance.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man catches the ox.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man tames the ox.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man rides the ox home.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

Once home, the man forgets the ox and is left with himself alone.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man forgets the self as well.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man is returned to the source of his being.

Ten Ox-Herding Pictures

The man enters the marketplace to serve with helping hands.

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