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Compare the two sets of the ox-herding pictures. What are the essential differences of interpretation? Is the commentary to the first series a reliable guide to what you understand to be an effective way to progress in zen practice?
Do you think that the ox-herding pictures are more representative of the Hinayana or Mahayana Buddhist traditions?
Explain the characteristics of the progress toward enlightenment, step by step, as implied by the second series ox-herding pictures.
If our Buddha-nature is already perfect, why is enlightenment sought?