PZI Teacher Archives
First Ox-Herding Picture: Searching for the Ox
You aimlessly push grasses aside in search.
The rivers are wide, the mountains far away,
and the path becomes long.
Exhausted and dispirited,
you hear only the late autumn cicadas
shrilling in the maple woods.
—from the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures and Verses
Author and essayist Lewis Hyde talks with Jon Joseph about his most recent book, A Primer for Forgetting. To be born is thought of as a forgetting in many cultures around the world. Hyde also explores the creative need for the trickster and unconventional gift economy running parallel to Zen.