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Gentling the Bull: The Ten Bull Pictures, a Spiritual Journey Paperback – May 1996


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804830886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804830881
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,972,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always loved these pictures, and to read this book deepened my appreciation of them even more. Lucid, smooth, writing, clear thinking and a luminous and gentle wisdom makes this book a wonderful companion on the path of awakening. Truly food for the spirit. Do read it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 14 Sept. 2013
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The book is written by a woman with deep intelligence , insight and compassion. This is a very important book for anyone interested in humanity.
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Very insightful and clearly written 17 July 2001
By T. Truta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Zen teacher gave me this book to read. I was familiar with the Bull pictures and had read Zen Flesh and Zen Bones which includes the pictures with minimal commentary. Before reading this book however I didn't really get it. This book allows one to clearly understand the meaning of the bull pictures as it relates to the spiritual path. In the process of thoroughly explaining the bull pictures it also very eloquently conveys the core teachings of Buddhism as well. I highly recommend this book.
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Profound yet rambly 8 Jan. 2004
By Frikle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The ten bulls" is a classic Zen text which consists of ten pictures to do with an oxherder capturing and taming the bull thereby achieving enlightenment. Each picture has an associated poem. These are renowned for their simplicity and make a great Zen text having few words.
All this is changed in this book, where each of the ten pictures is made a chapter. The chapter starts with a copy of the picture and several poems that go along with it. What follows is Myokyo-ni's prose to do with the content of the picture. On the plus, her text provides a lot of insight into both the nature and practice of Zen as well as the human condition. On the downside, unless you're an actual Zen practitioner you might find some of her views too radical, as I did. Also, I enjoyed the ten bulls because it has no fixed meaning as a text by itself whereas reading this book has anchored it to a specific meaning which differs from my interpretation.
You'll get the most out of the book if you're serious about your Zen. If not, this will be a lively and thoughtful (although at times disagreeable) window into a world that is so misrepresented in modern society.
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