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    Seeing the Ox Paid Member

    108zenbooks continues with the third of the 10 Oxherding Pictures. I love the suggestion of the ox in this one: Seeing the Ox The late abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, John Daido Loori, writes in Path of Enlightenment: Stages in a Spiritual Journey: The third stage of the spiritual journey pivots on getting the first glimpse of the true nature of the self. It is about becoming completely awake and seeing clearly for the first time.... In getting that first glimpse of the ox, we are not quite clear what it is we are seeing. More »
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    Seeing the Footprints Paid Member

    I'm a sucker for Oxherding pictures, and Genju's from 108zenbooks are very beautiful. Below is the picture and caption—You can read the original post here. Finding traces of the Ox A commenter on yesterday's post suggested we write a bit about each step. That commentary can be found on 108zenbooks, but maybe starting tomorrow we'll include a just a bit more information for people unfamiliar with the pictures to follow along. Thanks for the suggestion! [Image: 108zenbooks] More »
  • Martine Batchelor on Breaking Bad Habits, Week 3 Paid Member

    It's Week 3 of Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns." Martine, a former nun in the Korean Zen tradition, teaches meditation techniques to free the mind from the deep and well-worn channels in which it usually dwells. Meditative techniques can open up untapped mental resources and allow us to creatively engage our problems and find new solutions and move us away from limited reactions that keep us locked into the same old patterns. More »
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    Searching for the Ox Paid Member

    There are many beautiful renditions of the classic Ox Herding Pictures online (plus a newish book on the subject featuring art from the late composer John Cage.) But today, 108zenbooks begins a journey of her own with the first picture, Searching for the Ox, reproduced below. (She'll continue over the next nine days with the remaining nine.) searching for the Ox Genju makes no promises that she (or you!) will be enlightened by the tenth and final picture, but it's all about the journey, not the destination, right? [Image: 108zenbooks] More »
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    Graffiti Buddha Paid Member

    Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a 15-ton Buddhist sculpture by artist Zhang Huan, currently installed in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, has become a popular target for graffiti artists. The statue, "Three Heads Six Arms," is a combination of Buddhism and Daoism. The work merges the body of a bodhisattva with the body of the Chinese Daoist deity Nezha. Among the many phrases spraypainted on the 1.6 million dollar structure was "Jesus is the one." Sadly, the vandalism has forced the city to surround the sculpture with a temporary 6-foot fence, preventing visitors from seeing Huan's work of art---a work that the artist had hoped would bring peace and tolerance to the city. Huan recently spoke to the Chronicle about the meaning behind the massive sculpture: More »
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    Stopping to Paint the Roses Paid Member

    After seeing James’s post with nature pictures from Thomas Meyer, I was inspired to share a few images from a book that seems to catch my eye whenever I walk past the art books in Tricycle’s library: True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude by Barbara Bash. An accomplished calligrapher, illustrator and teacher in addition to being a longtime practicing Tibetan Buddhist, Bash created the artwork for this book from sketchbooks she filled during solitary retreats. When I was little I believed vehemently that you either had art skills or you didn’t. This isn't the case. Art, like anything else, is all about practice, and besides, it should be about the process rather than the final product. Try sitting with paint and paper or whatever your media of choice and observing. I am positive you can create something beautiful. More »