In this first talk from the Exploring the Wild World of Koans retreat, Valerie takes up Mu as a gateway to what koans are and how they can bring about an intimate recognition of what we truly are. When the thread of our fixed assumptions about self and world is plucked, Mu rushes in. In that moment, we may see through the weave on the loom and find ourselves at home in this world just as it is – infinitely dynamic, inexhaustibly generative, and teeming with compassion.
Later that afternoon, a Q&A session was recorded with Valerie Forstman:
Recorded in our virtual zendo on February 3, 2022.