The Ten Oxherding Pictures (class), Online 10/8 - 11/19

Practice Center
Date / Time
Oct 8, 2020 / 7:30pm - Nov 19, 2020 / 9:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

Six Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm (no class on October 29)

The Zoom link will be provided at least 24 hours before the class begins. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions.

The teaching of the Ten Oxherding Pictures dates from 12th century China and is one of The Four Texts of the Zen Sect.* The ox represents Buddha nature and the pictures and verses that accompany them describe taming the ox as the realization of Buddha nature. As we study this supportive text of a path of awakening, class participants are invited to create their own ten images of this process.

The texts for this class will be Lectures on the Ten Oxherding Pictures**, a translation of lectures by Yamada Mumon, and chapter 11, “The Ten Oxherding Pictures,” in Hoofprint of the Ox by Master Sheng-yen.

*The others are Faith in Mind, Song of Enlightenment, and The Principles of Zazen.

**It has come to my attention that the print version of this text is prohibitively expensive. A PDF version is available through SCRIBD, free for 30 days or through a $9.99 per month subscription, which can be canceled at any time.

Fee Information

$129; $116 current SFZC members; $77 limited income.

Other options: $54; $27; $0.

Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please register below.

Registration Information

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