What is Mu? (koan)

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1 week 5 days ago #114931 by Dusko
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I think this one is best suited for anyone rationalising too much as we simply have no clue what Mu is :D 

Sound of one hand , frog jumping into water, sound of a falling tree … etc all these lend themselves well to making all sorts of conclusions but Mu is the Mama of Koans as there is nothing we know of being the Mu :D 

Now dig into that one :D 


BTW, I don’t know the answer! 

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1 week 5 days ago - 1 week 5 days ago #114932 by Chris Marti
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The koan:

A pilgrim of the way asked the Grand Master Zhaozhou, "Does a dog have Buddha nature or not?" Zhaozhou said, "Mu."

EDIT: "Mu" in Japanese (Wu in Chinese) means "no" or "not."
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1 week 4 days ago #114935 by Tom Otvos
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It also means "nothing". Either way, it doesn't translate well into English because I believe the response is intended to mean "not-yes-not-no". Wikipedia has some interesting notes on the word, especially as it is used in popular culture:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mu_(negative)

This is particularly pithy:

"Mu" may be used similarly to " N/A " or "not applicable," a term often used to indicate the question cannot be answered because the conditions of the question do not match the reality.


-- tomo

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1 week 4 days ago #114938 by Dusko
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Oh ok! I will shut up now and retreat into my cave … 

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1 week 4 days ago #114941 by Ona Kiser
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1 week 4 days ago #114942 by Chris Marti
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... the question cannot be answered because the conditions of the question do not match the reality.

That's the case with this koan from a Mahayana (Zen) perspective. 

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1 week 4 days ago #114943 by Tom Otvos
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In my somewhat obsessive way with details, I have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find out the correct pronunciation because, of course, non-Asian speakers are tempted to say "moo". As near as I can determine, it is more like "muh", in the same way we might say "meh". Or in Chinese, "wuh".

But I would love a native speaker to confirm/deny that.

-- tomo

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1 week 4 days ago #114944 by Ona Kiser

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1 week 4 days ago #114945 by Chris Marti
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Oh my!

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1 week 4 days ago #114946 by Ona Kiser
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It is interesting to hear the history, though. I'm just inthe mood to joke around a bit. 

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1 week 3 days ago #114947 by Shargrol
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Mu = Shyeah

as in...

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1 week 3 days ago #114948 by Dusko
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I don’t know. 

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