When I was a whole lot younger, the mantra was that punk was dead, long live punk.
We said this because of the “selling out” of the punk scene to corporate money making and more people friendly venues. Punk, was dead. It was dead as soon as it was born really. And the Punk scene had died long before I ever picked up that mantra.
The same has happened to Zen of course. It has been dead for a long time, only living in the minds of those who freshly discover it and those who reinvent it. But mostly it is a decayed old corpse. Mostly just dust now.
Every now and then a hero may come along and breathe fresh life into the buddha dharma. And then the organizers who want zen to have teeth lambast them for not falling in line with the very system that is killing the real spirit of Zen.
Let the organizations that want to regulate and fix onto views die. Let the real seekers go on seeking. Let the real heroes go on spreading the teachings in living rooms, under bridges, in yoga studios, etc. As soon as a view of a fixed organization comes up, strike it down. Fixed organizations always fail. some may last a bit, heck, rome lasted a pretty long time. But the longer they are around the more corrupted they become. The decay of dead zen is already stinking up the place here. Maybe that is why I haven’t been posting much of late. I am thinking of moving over to yoga. That looks a whole lot more promising than Zen.