A guide to spiritual development from American Zen teacher, John Daido Loori. The ox-herding pictures are a collection of traditional Zen pictures, accompanied by verses, that depict the stages of one man's quest to find and tame an ox - a classic parable illustrating the steps along the path to enlightenment. This volume offers a commentary on the ox-herding pictures as a guide to the spiritual life, demonstrating through practical examples how they can serve as a compass for living one's entire life. The work includes traditional Chinese brush paintings by Gyokusei Jikihara Sensei.
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Author Biography - Linda Lantieri
John Daido Loori (1931 2009) was one of the West's leading Zen masters. He was the founder and spiritual leader of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. His work has been most noted for its unique adaptation of traditional Asian Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts, the environment, social action, and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. Loori was an award-winning photographer and videographer. His art and wildlife photography formed the core of a unique teaching program that integrated art and wilderness training by cultivating a deep appreciation of the relationship of Zen to our natural environment. He was a dharma heir of the influential Japanese Zen master Taizan Maezumi Roshi and he authored many books."