Study Group

How to Raise an Ox

The Zen Master Yuan-Chih of Chang-ching Hall in Fu country once addressed the monks in the Dharma hall:

“For thirty years I lived on Mount Wei and during that time I ate the monastery’s rice and gave it back in the latrine.  I did not learn the Zen of Master Wei-shan.  All I did was raise an ox.”

Zen Master Dogen,  From Shobogenzo Kajo

As a framework for our inquiry, Soshin Osho invites us to explore where in our lives today we may find ourselves in a situation like that depicted in each image.

Join us as we take up the study of The Ten Oxherding Pictures!  Dates are posted on the calendar page.  The two versions of the text we are using are listed below: