Oxherding IX – Coming Full Circle

Attributed to Shubun. Photo taken from Zen Ink Paintings by Barnet and Burto.

Returning to the Origin, Back to the Source.

In the previous picture, both our Ox and our concept of self disappeared, they were transcended, and only the bottomless Emptiness remained. All that is, is connected, and there is not a hair of separation between the myriad of all things.

Where does this lead?

It takes us back to the Origin of all things.

All that is, came about through dependence of all that is. A circle birthing itself. No start, no end. Where lies such an origin?

The yew tree grows dark green through the cliff side’s cracks whilst thick fog comes and goes across the valley. A man climbs the rocks and pats the tree. The Origin is here, yet it is also everywhere.

A man, whilst on a mountain cliff, stands on a rock whilst holding a tree. He looks down into the valley with perfect clarity and sees people suffering below. With the heart of a Grandfather* for all beings, he effortlessly starts his descent, collecting tools along his way.

This will take us to the next picture, the last one of the Oxherding pictures. See you next time.

*My maternal grandfather passed away yesterday and my heart embraces him and his journey. I hope his Grandfather spirits are guiding him well and he has clarity and is at peace.

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