Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Mu is a Japanese word that the narrator explains as meaning “no thing.” It is used when a question cannot be adequately answered with a yes/no response. Mu represents a refusal to conceptualize issues in terms of dualistic logic, and thus offers a glimpse into the world of Quality that the narrator describes. The narrator emphasizes that mu responses can be much more useful than yes/no responses, because they force an individual to step back and broaden his preconceived systems of logic to accommodate different interpretations of reality.
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Mu Symbol Timeline in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Chapter 26
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...for some scenarios, the proper answer is neither yes nor no but the Japanese term “mu,” which means “no thing.” The nature of the Buddha, for example, cannot be encompassed by... (full context)