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Love - Ten Ox Herding - Part 10

Love - Ten Ox Herding - Part 10

Love - Ten Ox Herding - Part 10 - Art Print / Framed Print.

When you have been isolated from society, it is easy to be pure, but eventually you must go back to where you live. New friends have been met, while old friends have come from far away places, with this a realisation that life truly is beautiful! Sitting around the bonfire, under a billion stars, chatting about waves, music, food and love, the night seems to last forever. Tomorrow it will be Big Wednesday!

About the Ten Ox Herding project

This project is a collaboration with my friend Shinji Asai. It is a surfer's search of the true nature of the mind, based on the story from "Ten Ox Herding".

Ten Bulls or Ten Ox Herding is a series of short poems and accompanying drawings used in the Zen tradition to describe the stages of a practitioner's progress toward enlightenment and her or his return to society to enact wisdom and compassion.

Shinji wrote the story in Japanese for each step:

入廓垂手
世間を離れて 純粋を保つことは難しくない
それでも旅人は 悟りを胸に 世間へ戻る
新たな隣人を歓迎し 遠方寄りの友人を労う
満天の星の下 旅人はあの日の波の話をする
研ぎ澄まされ 波に包まれた刹那の悟りを
明日はきっと“ビッグウエンズディー”に違いない


and Tim Crowe translated it into English:

"Isolated from society, it is easy to remain pure, but you go back there and meet new friends, old friends return from a far, and life is beautiful! Sitting by the bonfire chatting about waves, music, food and love. It seems to last forever, under a billion stars. Tomorrow it will be Big Wednesday!"

The Kanji and stamp is made by Shinji's brother Junichi Asai.

The print: Gallery quality archival Giclee prints on Jonas favourite paper - Hahnemühle Photo Rag, a white, 100% cotton paper with a smooth surface texture. Available with or without a matte/ border, and with or without a black/ white wood frame.

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Size example 2: On a 16x16" print with a matte and frame, the frame will have outside dimensions of 20x20".

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