In the Zen tradition, the ox is a symbol of the mind and the herder symbolizes the spiritual seeker. It has roots in many early spiritual texts, including a Zen Buddhist teaching from the 12th century, The Ten Oxherding Pictures, a series of short poems and accompanying pictures. In this series, Father William Meninger will share with us a Christian interpretation of the ancient Zen koans and imagery that depict a seeker of truth’s journey toward enlightenment.
Offered as 2 workshops.
Father William Meninger, a member of the contemplative Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, is one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement and has been teaching this form of Christian contemplative meditation since 1974. Based at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, he leaves his silent monastic life only four times each year to travel and teach. He has authored many books, including The Process of Forgiveness and The Loving Search for God.