The Search for the Bull
The inspiration for this first step, which is searching for the bull, is feeling that things are not wholesome, something is lacking. That feeling of loss produces pain. You are looking for whatever it is that will make the situation right. You discover that ego’s attempt to create an ideal environment is unsatisfactory.
“I have decided to include the ten oxherding pictures, a well-known Zen representation of training of the mind, so basic that it could be considered fundamental to all schools of Buddhism…”
Read Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentary on the Ten Oxherding pictures here.
(Much thanks sharanam)
Louis Armstrong / “Chloe (Song of the Swamp)” (1952, Decca LP)
Recorded September 22, 1952
Written by Neil Moret and Gus Kahn
Recorded in New York City
Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocal; Bob McCracken, clarinet; Milt Yanker, alto saxophone; Stitz Feguson, tenor saxophone; George Berg, Romeo Penque, flute; Marty Napoleon, piano; Art Ryersno, guitar; Arvell Shaw, bass; Cozy Cole, drums; Unknown strings, Choir, vocal; Gordon Jenkins, arranger, conductor
To themagiclantern: your musical tastes astound me.
A valley and above it forests in autumn colors.
A voyager arrives, a map leads him there.
Or perhaps memory. Once long ago in the sun,
When snow first fell, riding this way
He felt joy, strong, without reason,
Joy of the eyes. Everything was the rhythm
Of shifting trees, of a bird in flight,
Of a train on the viaduct, a feast in motion.
He returns years later, has no demands.
He wants only one, most precious thing:
To see, purely and simply, without name,
Without expectations, fears, or hopes,
At the edge where there is no I or not-I.
From “A Tea Master’s Vision of the Ten Oxherding Pictures, Part 1”, Chanoyu Quarterly, no. 37, 1984. A translation and adaptation of part 2, sections 1-3, of Hamamoto Soshun’s Tekisuian: Chanoyu Kanwa.