Podcast: The Bull Herding Pictures: The Poems III Finding the Bull
Continuing our series, this time the mythology of the Heart-Bull as the source of life, the Two Truths and the perspectivism of the Yogacara teachings.
Suddenly a bush warbler trills high in the tree top.
The sun shines warm, and in the light breeze the willows on the water’s edge show their new green.
There is no longer a place where the bull can hide himself;
No painter can capture that magnificent head with its soaring horns!
On seeing the bull and hearing his bellow,
Tai-sung, the painter, surpassed his craft.
Accurately he pictured the heart-bull from head to tail,
And yet, on carefully looking, he is not quite complete.
Having pushed his face right against the bull’s nose,
He no longer needs to follow the bellowing.
This bull is neither white nor blue.
Quietly nodding, the herdsman smiles to himself.
Such a landscape cannot be caught in a picture!
(Gentling the Bull: The Ten Bull Pictures, A Spiritual Journey by Myokyo-ni; pub. Zen Centre London)
In this podcast:
- The Heart-Bull as the source of life.
- The teachings that open the Dharma-eye.
- Kano paints the Myoshin-ji dragons & Bai-yu plays the magic harp. Establishing the correct relationship between herdsman and Bull.
- The passions and the Buddha nature: The Two Truths of appearance and reality the perspectivism of Yogacara teachings.
You will find previous podcasts here.
Lavinia Meijer tijdens het Nationaal Concert 2011... By Fred Ernst - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15511431