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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Verses to the Ten Oxherding Pictures

Verse 4.

Turning Its Head
After many days, the training deepens and for the first time his head is turned,
His wildness is gradually tamed and made pliant,
The hill-country herdsboy is still not sure whether his counterpart has fully submitted,
He holds the lead rope taut or keeps him tethered.