born:  c. 12th century
died:

place:
China
Chan master: ...
Chan disciples: ...
stories:

Osho
The Search: Talks on the Ten Bulls of Zen
(entire book uses the paintings and
commentar
ies of the Ten Bulls of Zen)
Japanese pronunciation:   Kakuan Shien
Kuoan Shiyuan
                   oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                     Zen Masters
Basically, there were eight pictures, not ten;
and they were not Buddhist, they were Taoist.
Their beginning is lost. Nobody knows how they
started, who painted the first bulls. But in the
twelfth century a Chinese Zen master,
Kuoan,
repainted them; and not only that, he added two
more pictures, and eight became ten. The
Taoist pictures were ending on the eighth; the
eighth is emptiness, nothingness. But Kuoan
added two new pictures. That is the very
contribution of Zen to religious consciousness...

                                           --Osho
                                       The Search, ch. 1
廓庵師遠
Expansive Hut   Teacher Profound
Chinese simplified:  廓庵师远
These ten images below, generally known in
English as the Ox-herding Pictures, or
The Ten
Bulls of Zen
, were painted by the 15th century
Japanese Rinzai Zen monk
Shubun (1414-63).
They are said to be copies of originals, now lost,
traditionally attributed to
Kuoan, the 12th century
Chinese Zen Master. Kept at the
Shokoko-ji
Temple in Kyoto, Japan.
1
Looking
for the
Bull
2
Noticing
the
Footprints
3
Catching
Sight of
the Bull
4
Getting
Hold of the
Bull
5
Taming
the Bull
6
Riding
the Bull
Home
7
Bull
Vanished,
Herdsman
Remaining
8
Bull and
Herdsman
Vanished
9
Returning
to the
Source
10
Entering
the
Marketplace
     [See note below left]
[The larger versions of the once-clickable  images at right have not been preserved by Archive.org. Many variations on these images and Kuoan/Kakuan's commentaries thereon have been made over the centuries since Kakuan and Shubun. The closest approximation to Oshobob's larger classic ones is likely those found at Wikipedia. A survey of the variety of images and text can be found here.]