In this series of discussion we will be looking at the very famous and enlightening Zen Paintings called the Ten Ox Herding Paintings. What have Ox got to do with enlightenment i hear you ask well:
"... In the twelfth century the Chinese master Kakuan drew the pictures of the ten bulls, basing them on earlier Taoist bulls, and wrote the comments in prose and verse translated here. His version was pure Zen, going deeper than earlier versions, which had ended with the nothingness of the eighth picture. It has been a constant source of inspiration to students ever since, and many illustrations of Kakuan's bulls have been made through the centuries. The illustrations reproduced here are modern versions by the noted Kyoto woodblock artist Tomikichiro Tokuriki, descendant of a long line of artists and proprietor of the Daruma-do teashop (Daruma is the Japanese name for Bodhidharma, the first Zen patriarch). His ox-herding pictures are as delightfully direct and timelessly meaningful as Kakuan's original pictures must have been. The bull is the eternal principle of life, truth in action. The ten bulls represent sequent steps in the realization of one's true nature."
I will be putting some information up online soon, but this is a place holder for the event.
Please rsvp if you would like to come.
I will be scheduling the Tao Te Ching discussion in Mt Wellington shortly.