This Zen calligraphy scroll shows the Zen principle of No Mind, brushed in two large Japanese kanji
MU and SHIN
I have brushed this Zen calligraphy of Mushin in an unpolished brush work to recall the simple straightforward nature of
Calligraphy mounted on quiet silver silk, natural wooden roller at the bottom.
Mounting size: 32″ x 75.5 ″; 81 x 192 cm
One way to approach Mushin or No Mind, is as a name, as a synonym for True Mind. In Buddhism we find many names for the True mind, such as the Absolute Mind, the Primordial Mind, Our Original Nature, The Person Of No Rank, The Buddha Nature, Great Emptiness, As-It-Is-Ness, Suchness, etc.
In its particular way Zen calls it No Mind. You could say Zen gives you a name with nothing in it, nothing to cling to, so you need to go beyond the name to find the No Mind and experience Mushin in your own being.
And this is the second way how one can approach Mushin : No Mind as No-Thought. It is particularly the Zen master Hui-neng who teaches the doctrine No-Thought in his Platform sutra who inspired me.
What is meant by no-thought?
As I understand it,
It is living with a straightforward mind, in all activities,
sitting, standing or walking, cultivating the pure nature of one’s mind,
unattached to anything or anywhere
thought after thought, in accordance with one’s own Buddha nature,
moving freely and spontaneously.
The calligraphy shows the two kanji
無 MU, meaning no
心 SHIN, meaning mind
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