108zenbooks continues with the third of the 10 Oxherding Pictures. I love the suggestion of the ox in this one:

Seeing the Ox

The late abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, John Daido Loori, writes in Path of Enlightenment: Stages in a Spiritual Journey:

The third stage of the spiritual journey pivots on getting the first glimpse of the true nature of the self. It is about becoming completely awake and seeing clearly for the first time…. In getting that first glimpse of the ox, we are not quite clear what it is we are seeing.

1. Searching for the Ox 2. Seeing the Footprints