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Mu, the ideogram figured here along with the Enso, is non-translatable. Roughly it means “not,” “null,” “nothingness,” with reference to conceptual meaning. In other words, it is mindfully free. When Joshu was asked, “Does a dog have Buddha-nature?” he replied famously, “Mu!”

The images in this series are austere and unadorned, without signature. All have been painted on rice paper wet-mounted onto a heavy canvas scroll for display, approximately 16 x 20. Price for the nine painting series is $3,000.