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Faith & Legacy

14 May - 16 May
9am to 5pm

Chung Tian Temple
1034 Underwood Rd, Priestdale QLD 4127

Do & Learn


Pagoda - Amitabha Hall

1:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am, 1:00pm (Sunday)

As 2021 is the year of the ox, this unique display and associated meditation sessions throughout the festival will provide you with an understanding of the ‘Ten Ox Herding Pictures’, a metaphoric depiction of the stages of practice leading to enlightenment.

Through a series of images and meditative stages, the ox represents ‘enlightenment’ and you, the meditator, are the oxherd. Embark on the path towards understanding the ultimacy of existence and achieving inner peace in your daily life.

  1. In search of the ox - dissatisfaction
  2. Discovery of the footprints - glimpses of hope
  3. Perceiving the ox - awareness
  4. Catching the ox - self-discipline
  5. Taming the ox - overcoming previous conditioning
  6. Riding the ox home - gradual freedom
  7. The ox transcended - non-duality
  8. Both ox and self transcended - emptiness
  9. Reaching the source – the ultimate found in the ordinary
  10. Return to society - living in bliss

More Information

These paintings are based on the Ten Ox herding Pictures made by Kuo’an Shiyuan during the Chinese Song dynasty (960 -1279). Attributed to the monastic painter Tensho Shubun, they are among the oldest of the numerous Japanese versions of the ox herding pictures.

Ox herding is used as a metaphor for spiritual cultivation. The shepherd boy is akin to a practitioner, and the ox symbolises the mind.

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Nan Tien Institute’s (NTI’s) Humanistic Buddhism Centre designed this free meditation app to guide us through the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In these busy times, we are confronted by hundreds of different challenges, settings and interactions, each and every day. The Check-In Meditation App allows us to transit from one setting to another.

Checking in gives us an opportunity to focus on the present because there is nothing more important than the gift of the moment. Meditate or “check-in” for any length of time between 1 and 60 minutes. Whether individually or in groups, this free app is available anywhere and anytime.

Available for free on Android and Apple.

Meditation Area
Meditation Session

Meditation Classes at BBDF

Join us for a guided meditation session and begin your journey to self-realisation.

1:00pm to 1:45pm

  • Pagoda - Amitabha Hall

10:00am to 10:45am

  • Pagoda - Amitabha Hall

1:00pm to 1:45pm

  • Pagoda - Amitabha Hall