the ten oxherding pictures are from a poem by 12th century Chinese master, Kakuan.
over time, the poem has become a buddhist tradition. the poem tells the story of how a soul wakes up to his/her spiritual identity.
the new ten ox herding pictures were inspired by the traditional zen ox herding pictures [click here if you are not familiar with them]. most buddhists use the phrase "hard work" when explaining buddhism. i suspect the buddha would not agree.
in the new ten ox herding pictures, there is no hard work.
there is awareness, there is waiting, there is stepping through doors the universe opens for you...
in the new ten ox herding pictures there is no more hard work than an acorn "working" to grow into an oak tree