“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Haiku Mu

(NOTE: The words "Mu" (Japanese) and "Wu" (Chinese) carry the meanings of "No, not, none, nothing" and in this context these words connote with "void, emptiness, no-knowing, not knowable" and with the Sanskrit words "Neti, neti" ("Not that, not that") used for via negativa contemplation. Traditionally, the koan "Joshu's Mu" is the first used in koan training.)


Does a mangy dog
Possess the Buddha nature?
Joshu answered “Mu.”
  
As for Joshu’s “Mu”
I haven't one word to add:
“Mu” means “Mu” means “Mu.”

Contemplating Mu
Clouds don’t hinder empty sky
Not even Auschwitz?

Mu Mu Mu Mu Mu
Fallen into the answer
What was the question?

Beginning with Mu
Ending with exactly Mu
Call that a journey? 

Okay, I’ve arrived.
I’m at home where I started
All alone with Mu

Mu is not special
Add two bucks and buy coffee
Fragrant steam rises 

Look: Only Buddha!
Sutras are toilet paper
Wipe “Mu” on them all

Freed from ego-pain
Empty Luminosity 
Jealousy... Ouch! “Mu.”

THIS identity
O wonderful terrible 
body-mind-world-mu

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