This image is inspired by a 12th century Zen monk named Kakuan. He created a series of images designed to facilitate or illustrate the stages of enlightenment. His ten "Ox Herding Pictures," along with a poem & sparse commentaries, demonstrate that enlightenment is a discovery of one's true self doing ordinary, everyday things in a most extraordinary way. The extraordinary is in one's experience of the profound truths of ordinary life.

The sixth of the ten pictures is called, "Riding the Bull Home." The commentary suggests "the tranquility and joy that reunion with the source of existence brings; now the oxherd rides on the back of the ox, joyously playing his flute. He has been freed from old fears and anxieties and that so freed, he can now express his creative energies in celebration of life."