The enso (circle) is a traditional Zen form rich with both contemplative and figurative meaning. Being full or complete the enso is also empty of need.
Mu 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!” These nine pieces together, then, are All and Nothing.
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.
(To view one of these images independently, return to the calligraphy gallery and click on the form you'd like to see more closely.)