TAMING THE WILD OX
Ten Oxherding Pictures, by Zen Master Kakuan, China, 12th C.
8. Both Bull and self transcended*
Whip, rope, person, and bull —
all merge in No-Thing.
This heaven is so vast no message can stain it.
How may a snowflake exist in a raging fire?
Here are the footprints of the patriarchs.
Comment: Mediocrity is gone.
Mind is clear of limitation.
I seek no state of enlightenment.
Neither do I remain where no enlightenment exists.
Since I linger in neither condition, eyes cannot see me.
If hundreds of birds strew my path with flowers,
such praise would be meaningless.
The void experience is different yet from oneness. This state is beyond the mind and can only be experienced by the Being through pure consciousness. This is to be beyond relativity and duality. This is the Tao. Spirit beyond mind and matter. Everything and Nothing. The Source. The Christ. The Being.
Source: *Translation by: Paul Reps in Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Tuttle Publishing, Boston, 1989.