Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center

The Ten Oxherding Pictures

A 12-part video series and 3 invitation-only talks, with Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi

The path of Zen has been written about in many ways but one of the most helpful for understanding its essence is through the representation of the parable of the Ox-herding pictures. Tenshin Roshi, Abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, discusses each picture in pre-recorded videos that participants can watch as their schedule allows, then all can join together for several Zoom discussions. This 12-part series filmed at various locations around Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center features both traditional and personal views on this classic pictorial and poetic presentation of the stages of Zen training, as well as some lively storytelling by our very own master.

The series will be released in 3 parts of four videos each, with an exclusive, invitation-only talk and Q&A by Tenshin Roshi following each release. (The talks with Roshi will be recorded and streamable as well, in case you can’t make the live event, or just want to add the recording to your collection.)

Cost for the entire 12-part series and 3 invitation-only talks is $150 for non-members. $125 for members. Once purchased, the talks will be both streamable and downloadable for you to keep for posterity, and a private link for the following talk will be provided as well. All proceeds go directly to Yokoji and support our continuing operations, so we offer our thanks in advance for your contribution.

Introduction and Pictures 1-3
Video release date: December 18, 2020
Talk & Discussion via Zoom: January 2, 2021, 10am

Pictures 4-7
Video release date: January 9, 2021
Talk & Discussion via Zoom: January 30, 2021, 10am

Pictures 8-10, Conclusion
Video release date: January 30, 2020
Talk & Discussion via Zoom: February 13, 2021, 10am