Poems on the Oxherding series, by Master Hsu Yun
|The Oxherder, the Spinning Maiden and the Ox.
Ceramic figurine at Hsu Yun Temple, Honolulu.
Master HsuYun made several poems around the theme of the Oxherding pictures, this is the 10 images version (he also wrote a 12 poems version that we will post in a few weeks).
This version was originally posted at the old website of the our Order :
These are simple and direct poems helping us to understand the way Great Master HsuYun saw and used these classical Oxherding images and poems, a classical theme of our Chan/Zen tradition.
|1. Pushing Aside the Grass to Look for the Ox
Wanting to break through to Emptiness with my white cudgel
2. Suddenly Seeing Tracks
On I searched… into the mountains and along the river banks.
3. Seeing the Ox
Its wild nature is now calmed in lazy sleep.
4. Piercing the Ox’s Nose
I rush forward and pierce the Ox’s nose!
5. Training the Ox
I have supported you with great care for many years
6. Returning Home Riding the Ox
What place in these cloudy mountains is not my home?
7. Keeping the Person Because of the Ox
I went from the city to the edge of the sea
8. The Bride and the Ox are Forgotten
I remember the old days as I brush out dead ashes from the cold stove.
9. Returning to the Origin and the Essence
Every thing and every creature under the sun has its own nature.
10. Coming Home with Folded Hands
How wide are the horizons of the spinning earth!
11. The Concluding Song
In the beginning there was nothing, nor was anything lacking.