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
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.