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Realizing the Ox

Realizing the Ox: Talks on the Ten Ox Herding Pictures

Created by 12th-century Chinese master Guo-an Shi-yuan, the 10 oxherding pictures, and accompanying poems function to graphically portray the path of enlightenment from the Zen Buddhist perspective. Seiso Sensei will facilitate a discussion that views this series from the realizational perspective of Soto Zen with practical significance for engendering personal growth and for exercising wisdom and compassion for self and others in everyday life.


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