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The Search Begins - Ten Ox Herding - Part 1

The Search Begins - Ten Ox Herding - Part 1

The Search Begins - Ten Ox Herding - Part 1 - Art Print / Framed Print.

In life, there will be defining moments when one is confronted with making a monumental decision. Whether it is the search for dream waves, focusing the mind and spirit to conquer the highest mountains, or to cross the deepest of rivers. Determination, courage and truly believing in achieving these goals will lead to where the sun shines truly golden.

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:

人は 人生のある時 奮い立ち 
旅に出る 秘めた大志を胸に 
夢の波や何処に ?人生の意味とは?
そそり立つ峡谷 行く手を遮る急流
試練にあらがい 一歩を踏み出す
彼方に搖れる 黄金の夕焼けを道標に

and Tim Crowe translated it into English:

"There’s a moment in one’s life, when you decide to search for dream waves. Following your true mind you face the highest mountains, the deepest of rivers, leading you to where the golden sun shines brightest."

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.


Sizing: The print dimensions listed are for the size of paper it is printed on including the white border. All frames and mattes adds to the sizing.

Size example 1: On a 10x10" print with a matte, the matte will have outside dimensions of 13x13".

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

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