MU KORABO, literally "non-collaboration" is a way to engage MU through art. Although MU, "nothingness," lies at the heart of Buddhism, Western philosophers have also grappled with this existential concept.
The character for MU 無 is a favorite of calligraphers. It can be written in any number of styles and is often seen on scrolls hanging in homes and temples. MU is represented in this collection by other languages of the Buddhasphere besides Chinese/Japanese. There are versions of MU in Thai, Mongolian, Tibetan, Korean, and Tangut scripts as well as the Persian "heech."
Originally inspired by a famous Zen kōan, "Does a dog have Buddha nature?"--to which the monk's answer was "MU!" the scrolls that will be made for this collection will each contain the three elements of MU, dog, and moon. The dog here has been repurposed to stand for the seeking self. The full moon is the Buddhist symbol of enlightenment.