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無 Mu, “nothing, or emptiness” 2

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When the Zen monk
Jōshū  (778–897) was asked whether a dog had Buddha nature, he replied "Mu." meaning that neither ‘Yes” nor ‘No’ answered the question. The question itself must be “unasked”, that categorical thinking is, in fact, a delusion. Mu becomes the appropriate answer when the context of the question becomes too small for the truth of the answer. The Buddha nature cannot be captured by yes or no questions.

Sumi and watercolor on paper,2020
22”H x 15”W

Tommer was the featured artist in our Virtual Art Space for August 2020. See his entire show at this link and watch an interview by Mayumi Tsutakawa at this link.