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“Shinzen talks about how the ten zen ox-herding pictures can be interpreted in two different ways. One shows the stages on the path of enlightenment and the other shows you the process of truly grasping what consciousness is. Shinzen talks about pictures 1 thru. 4 in this first of three parts. Filmed on the second last evening of a 14-day intensive Jan. 9, 2009 at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara.”



“Shinzen continues in part two talking about pictures 5 thru. 7. He shares that the last three pictures 8, 9, and 10 tell us the substance, appearance, and ultimate use of enlightenment.”


“Shinzen talks about the “final cause” of enlightenment, and the historical person illustrated in the tenth ox-herding picture, the cloth-bag monk. He shares various examples of how retreat participants will be sharing gifts in the “marketplace” – the final goal of meditation practice.”


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