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The Story of Mu

Illustrated by Mark Morse

This lush, beautifully illustrated narrative breathes humanity and warmth into one of the most famous and enigmatic koans of the Zen tradition.

The Story of Mu uses luminous illustrations and a mythic narrative structure to convey the great potential for peace and enlightenment that we all carry hidden within ourselves. Shot through with ineffable “thisness and thussness,” Mu spins a visually rich, cosmogonic fable about the origins of the universe of space, time, matter, and life. It also touches something lost but always present within the human heart: an awakeness that is without flaw, from the beginning before the beginning.

“This lushly illustrated tale treats Mu as a sentient cosmic principle, tracing Mu from the origin of the universe to the creation of life in Buddhist tradition. Morse’s illustrations, often in warm tones, convey both the magnificence of the cosmos and the quiet grace of daily life. The simple story is followed by a short essay on Mu by James Ishmael Ford, a Zen Buddhist priest, Unitarian Universalist minister, and author of The Book of Mu. The book seems targeted at Buddhists, but the uninitiated will also find this to be an accessible rendition of a vital Buddhist concept.”

– Publishers Weekly