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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Verses to the Ten Oxherding Pictures

Verse 2.

Taming Begun
I have a straw rope and in a flash it’s through in his nose,
He jerks his head back, suddenly struggling; irritated, he gets more of the switch.
Heretofore, his vicious nature has made him hard to discipline,
But still the hill-country herdsboy reins him in with all his strength.