Zen Ox Herding

Seeking the Ox

Finding the Tracks

First Glimpse of the Ox

Catching the Ox

Taming the Ox

Riding the Ox Home

Ox Forgotten, Self Alone

Both Ox and Self Forgotten

Returning to the Source

Returning to Help Sentient Beings

Creating Without Expecting

"The Tao gives birth to all beings...
nourishes them,
maintains them,
cares for them,
comforts them,
protects them,
takes them back to itself,
creating without possessing,
acting without expecting,
guiding without interfering."
- Lao-tzu (Tao Te Ching, 51)

The Sacred Tetrad

The Sacred Tetrad

"Meditate upon my counsels;
love them; follow them;
To the divine virtues
will they know how to lead thee.
I swear it by the One who in our hearts
engraved the sacred Tetrad,
symbol immense and pure,
Source of Nature and
model of the Divine."
- Pythagoras (The Golden Verses)

The Primordial Poet

"Meditate on the Guide,
the Giver of all,
the Primordial Poet,
smaller than an atom,
brilliant as the sun."
- Bhagavad-Gita 8:9 (Mitchell)

The Eye of the Heart

"I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the light comes from above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for the Eye of my heart sees everything; and through this vision I can help my people. The heart is a sanctuary at the center of which there is a little space, wherein the Great Spirit dwells, and this is the Eye. This is the Eye of the Great Spirit by which He sees all things, and through which we see Him. If the heart is not pure, the Great Spirit cannot be seen." - Wallace Black Elk

Knocking on Heaven's Door

"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and he who seeks, finds;
and to him who knocks,
the door will be opened."
- Jesus