One of the nice things about Zen is the perfect harmony in which when you are being Zen people think you are taking the piss and when you are trying to take the piss people think you are Zen.
The path of the enlightened one leaves no track- it is like the path of birds in the sky.
Very thin line. That doesn’t exist. And if it did exist it could never be permanent. So there. As clear as the quantum mambo jambo but with an eastern aroma. Who is me who knows I am just and illusion is one of the questions I could never be bothered with. Ask me what's for dinner and we can start a philosophical discussion on the true meaning of the world. But I have always been a bit more Taoist then Zenish.
I studied Zen for a little bit, but other than really cool accents I learnt to do while quoting fortune-cookie-like Zen phrases I can't say it really made a dent on my nonexistent consciences. The real turn off was when I got lost in the five houses of Zen and it all started to look like just another version of Catholics, with the only difference is that they call it noodles and in the Vatican it is called spaghetti.
Yeah, I don’t know. For enlightened people they are really petty and argumentative and it doesn’t really sit well with what they teach or practice. And it sure looks like they need a lot of practice because other then the fortune-cookie logic there is very little there. Or maybe it is nothingness that is there?
Maybe I just don’t get it. I doubt it, as getting it is something I am usually good at, but that is just my ego speaking and I have to subdue him in order to empty my proverbial tea cup so it will be ready for the teacher I might one day be ready for. Or something to that effect.
Zen seems to me like a great practice. A great tool.
A very effective way of thinking that stimulates the parts of your soul you are usually too blind to notice. It is a scalpel that cuts through the thick layers of illusions that we are fed since birth.
When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear
Making a religion out of it? Nah.
Sitting for eighteen hours a day with folded feet and open mind to meditate? Really? Why? How many years are you going to "not try" to get to the blessed enlightenment? And then what? I don’t know… maybe I am just hard on them, but really, unless you are a monk that does it for a living, you are masturbating your mind.
Only by not meditating can you even be in the right state of mind to understand Zen. It's all just too entangled to even make fun of it.
For me, seeing Zen as a religion, or even worse a substitute for religion is like making tooth brushing a religion. It is something you do to keep you clean fresh and healthy.
Which I can guarantee that basic Zen understanding will bring to your life. Guaranteed, or your illusions back.
I have more to add, but a Zen master once told me :
Do not speak - unless it improves on silence