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Searching for the Ox

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Teacher: Tim Geil
Date: 2022-02-07 Monday


Practice and Reflection

Reflect on all the ways you seek happiness and peace which do not ultimately succeed in permanent happiness. In the same way, how many ways do you avoid pain and suffering in a way that doesn’t ultimately work? These reflections bring us into this first picture and verse. What lessons does this fruitful struggle teach us?

In the pasture of the world,
I endlessly push aside the tall
grasses in search of the bull.
Following unnamed rivers,
lost upon the interpenetrating
paths of distant mountains,
My strength failing and my vitality
exhausted, I cannot find the bull.
I only hear the locusts chirping
through the forest at night.

This recording was edited and prepared for publication by volunteer Aruna Bala.

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