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  • Seishin the Elder
    Member
    • Oct 2009
    • 521

    Ox Herding Series

    Dear Taigu,

    Thank you, thank you for taking us through the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures over these past months. It was an absolutely delightful walk with you. Today's last picture really hit home for me personally. Not only does the picture look remarkably like me in my samue (tummy and all :lol: ) but the message was received in my open ear, heart and mind.

    You said that here we are "comoing down from the hermitage to learn, study and open yourself in activity and listening". I had to stop the video and replay that several times, because there I am, not only in an uncanny likeness on the paper, but also in the action of my life since coming to Treeleaf. Too often the hermit sees the hermitage as a finality, a place where he stays from now on. He does not see it as a place from which he can spring into life with a new freedom to experience that life. Too often the hermit makes sitting in the hermitage the end of his life, and a place from which others can see him doing just that. What a trap! Instead of seeeing the freedom the hermitage is offering , he sees it only as the slowly closing coffin lid.

    Well for me, I enjoy going down from the hermitage to the marketplace and meeting with a new situation that can open up my interest and to learn something, to see that I have learned something while I worked away in my solitude. This series was very joyfully received by at least this one old hermit as he walks down into the market,

    trying not to be noticed

    Gassho,

    Kyrill Seishin
  • Shohei
    Member
    • Oct 2007
    • 2854

    #2
    Re: Ox Herding Series

    I am adding my thanks here too!
    Thanks to YOU.
    Taigu for sharing, showing and the nudges -I can be a cantankerous Ox. Kyrill Seishin just your presence here - your open eyes and ears, my own to perk up, come to attention - thank you Sir!


    Gassho
    Shohei

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    • Jinyu
      Member
      • May 2009
      • 768

      #3
      Re: Ox Herding Series

      Hi everyone!

      I just wanted to add my thanks too! :P (Original isn't it ? ;o)
      So thanks to Seishin to give us the opportunity, and to you of course for the time and all the work it represent!

      I've been very touch by the moments of silence between the words.
      Particularly, those days where have been without Internet at home, it was a pleasure to share all your words and your silences with friends or parents...
      So simply, Thank You...

      Gassho,
      Luis/Jinyu
      Jinyu aka Luis aka Silly guy from Brussels

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      • Tb
        Member
        • Jan 2008
        • 3186

        #4
        Re: Ox Herding Series

        Hi.

        Add me to the line.
        Great to be on board.
        Thanks for the practice.

        Mtfbwy
        Fugen
        Life is our temple and its all good practice
        Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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        • Dosho
          Member
          • Jun 2008
          • 5784

          #5
          Re: Ox Herding Series

          Many thanks Sensei...deep bows to you and your practice.

          Gassho,
          Dosho

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          • Rich
            Member
            • Apr 2009
            • 2587

            #6
            Re: Ox Herding Series

            Thank you

            "We don’t teach or instruct, but open our hands, our eyes and ears to the living teachings of the Buddhas which are found in every single form of this universe, from garbage to star. A very humbling experience, serving and being invisible."
            _/_
            Rich
            MUHYO
            無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

            https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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            • Stephanie

              #7
              Re: Ox Herding Series

              A timely thread... I was thinking of starting a similar one myself before this one popped up, and I'm only half-way through the talks. Thank you Taigu, for a wonderful teaching. Your take on the ox-herding pictures makes a lot more intuitive sense to me, and resonates more with things I've experienced, seen, and learned in my own practice, than any other interpretation of these images that I've come across. Holding onto the tail as representative of holding onto rigid, fixed views... "catching a glimpse" reflecting the way our ego wants to make everything a show, and to collect glimpses of things... brilliant, and so true. I think comparing your talks on the Ox-Herding Pictures to more traditional interpretations really shows the difference between the Soto and Rinzai perspectives. I look forward to finishing the series!

              Gassho,

              Stephanie

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              • Undo
                Member
                • Jun 2007
                • 495

                #8
                Re: Ox Herding Series

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                • Shugen
                  Treeleaf Unsui
                  • Nov 2007
                  • 4535

                  #9
                  Re: Ox Herding Series

                  Thank You. I'm enjoying it. (Haven't finished quite yet)

                  Ron
                  Meido Shugen
                  明道 修眼

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                  • Jundo
                    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                    • Apr 2006
                    • 39078

                    #10
                    Re: Ox Herding Series

                    Hey Guys,

                    Remember to post some comments and nice words over at the Shambhala Sunspace, not just here.

                    http://www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?author=101

                    It just lets the editors there know that somebody is watching, which means they might keep us there for awhile.

                    Gassho, J
                    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                    • Taigu
                      Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                      • Aug 2008
                      • 2710

                      #11
                      Re: Ox Herding Series

                      Thank you brother Seishin, thank you all, deep bows in the ten directions.


                      This is made possible because of your sitting and commitment. Please, never finish the series, let it ring and ring over and over again, and forget about my words but listen to the deafening silence of This.

                      Yes, Stephanie, very true, although we walk the same walk, Rinzai and Soto guys go differently. That s the beauty of it all. Thank you for your very kind words.

                      May you all enjoy the ride, swallow the 10 gates and return, empy handed.

                      gassho

                      Taigu

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                      • Jikyo
                        Member
                        • Jan 2009
                        • 197

                        #12
                        Re: Ox Herding Series

                        Late, as usual, but I'd like to say thanks, also. Taigu, your teachings resonate with me, as I've often mentioned.

                        Deep gassho,

                        Jikyo

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                        • Shugen
                          Treeleaf Unsui
                          • Nov 2007
                          • 4535

                          #13
                          Re: Ox Herding Series

                          Where can I find all the videos for the ox-herding series? I tried doing a search on Shambala but could only find the last few.

                          Thanks,

                          Ron
                          Meido Shugen
                          明道 修眼

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                          • Stephanie

                            #14
                            Re: Ox Herding Series

                            http://www.youtube.com/user/tetsuten

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                            • Shugen
                              Treeleaf Unsui
                              • Nov 2007
                              • 4535

                              #15
                              Re: Ox Herding Series

                              Wow!! That was fast!

                              Thank You Very Much,

                              Ron
                              Meido Shugen
                              明道 修眼

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