Zen Talk – Nancy Mujo Baker

The Spiritual Necessity of Not-Knowing
A talk and discussion with Nancy Mujo Baker, Roshi
Sunday, April 5, 2020
mist & mountain
“All spiritual traditions impress upon us the importance of not-knowing. It is even in the title of a famous 14th century Christian mystical tract, The Cloud of Unknowing. There are many symbols of not-knowing, both East and West, such as darkness, night, cloud, or innocence. What exactly is not-knowing? In what sense is it necessary on any spiritual path? Why are we afraid of it? I will consider these questions and look forward to your questions and a discussion afterwards.”   —Nancy Mujo Baker

Last month, my wonderful Zen teacher, Nancy Baker, led a talk and discussion (see below) that was very well received by those who attended. So, she has agreed to lead another, this time on “The spiritual necessity of not-knowing.” I, personally, always get a great deal out of listening to and engaging with her, and I hope you will join us again, or for the first time if that’s the case.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 5th from 10:30-12:30 Eastern Time via Zoom, and, as with last time, we are requesting donations to the teacher of $10-50, according to your ability to pay. To register, please send a check payable to the Heartwork Institute, Inc., 882 Titus Ave., Rochester, NY 14617, or call (888) 340-9865 with your credit card information. Zoom instructions will be sent to you upon registration. All donations, after expenses, go directly to Nancy.

— Dale