May 28, 2010

Oxherding in the Korea Times

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Things have been tense on the Korean Peninsula lately, with crowds in Seoul today calling for revenge against the north for the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean naval vessel. But readers of the Korean Times awoke this morning to the 10 Oxherding Pictures, the classic Zen (in Korean, Soen) series that depicts the practitioner's progress toward enlightenment—a nice antidote to the recent hostilities, or a least a welcome if momentary reprieve.

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Here's another look, from 15th-century Japanese Zen monk and painter Shubun (DT Suzuki used the series in the Manual of Zen Buddhism). And some time ago, I blogged Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's rendering of the series, but it's worth another plug here.

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Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris's picture

James, is there any way you could get a copy of the Korean newspaper that featured the Oxherding Pictures? I'm researching this parable.

Many thanks,

Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris
Roanoke College

James Shaheen's picture

Let me know if they do!

Iljin's picture

I used to have a subscription to that newspaper (I live in Korea), but let it lapse. If they start putting cool stuff like this in it, I might subscribe once again!