The Ten Oxherding Pictures
Commentary by Daiho Roshi
Verses Composed by Kakuan Zenji
Anu, a friend from Africa, recently asked us to discuss the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures on our Zen Living Yahoo Group. I am now including that material here.
Anu writes: It appears that all that is known about the author of the verses to the ten ox-herding pictures, Master Kakuan Shion, is that he was a disciple of Daizui Genjo [1065-1135] and the twelfth in the line of Master Rinzai. His dates of birth and death as well as other information are unclear.
The illustrations were painted by Master Jikihara and appear courtesy of the Art Archives of Zen Mountain Monastery.