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The valley spirit never dies,
it is the woman, primal mother.
Her gateway is the root of heaven and earth.
It is like a gossamer veil, barely seen.
Use it; it will never fail.
—Laozi, Daodejing Chapter 6
Explanations of Zen, or of anything, are not it. Zen does not try to make you pure—it tries to make you whole. We can trust in the Dao, but by explaining it, we move away from it. Something deeper is going on, carrying us.
What is it like to be a mother? There are many rituals of participation with the Great Mother, the ancient Goddess. In Daoism, she is the Valley Spirit who never dies. In Chan/Zen, the Mother, the Valley Deep, brings the whole realm of feeling. Recorded on Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022.