According to historical record, the Ten Ox Pictures were painted by Guoan of Linji School, Yangzhi Sect during the Song Dynasty. He used a young ox herder’s herding process and a series of hymns to describe the ten mind transformation process a practitioner has to go through in sequential order, namely Searching for the Ox, Seeing the Footprints, Seeing the Ox, Capturing the Ox, Taming the Ox, Riding the Ox Home, The Ox Disappears while the Person Remains, Both Person and Ox Vanish, Returning to the Source and Going to the Marketplace to Extend a Hand.
Information on Vajrayana Buddhism
Buddha Mandala Monastery practices both Chan and Vajrayana Buddhism. The 24 stone carvings adorning Dhvaja Hall’s exterior and interior walls are related to Vajrayana Buddhism. They are Vajrapani, Yamantaka, Vajrasattva, Vajradhara, Yellow Zambala, Wheel of Rebirth, Mahakali, Maitreya, Mahakala, The Three Deities, Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara Mandala, Sudhana Visits a Prince, Manjushri, The Five Wisdom Buddhas, Six-Armed Avalokitesvara, Borobudur, The Four Heavenly Kings’ Offering of Alms Bowls, Bodhisattva Practising Austerities, Sudhana Paying Respect to Manjushri, Sudhana Paying Respect to Avalokitesvara, Subduing the Demon, Atisha and his Two Disciples, Three Protective Deities and Two Taras and Dharma Wheel with Buck and Doe.