Modern Zen is so modern it doesn’t require any help from classical Zen, classical Zen being anything prior to 1900. For all you romantic Zennists who imagine Zen is about awakening to Huang-po’s “One Mind” forget it! Zen has a new goal, it is to be in the moment and thus to be the real you. Of course this could change in another year or two. But for now let’s put it this way, liberation is to see the highest reality is this moment. This moment isn’t born nor does it persist or perish it just moments!
To keep Buddhism current with 2009, perhaps we need to also change Buddhist history slightly. The official 2009 version, to be brief, should go something like this. The Buddha-to-be (the Bodhisattva) drank the maiden Sujata’s magical drink, Madhupayasam, then made his way to the Bodhi-tree and became the fully awakened Buddha by simply realizing this moment was it. (Forget all the crap in the Pali canon and the Mahayana canon, especially the Avatamsaka Sutra which deals with the Buddha’s awakening!)
I need to underscore this, 2009 Zen doesn’t require any validation from the past. So don’t expect any citations from the Pali canon or the Mahayana canon. It can do what it wants. And while it is true that neither the Buddha nor the great Zen masters of the past said liberation consisted of being the moment we should, according to 2009 Zen, just ignore this fact and the canon. Anyone is backwards who doesn’t believe that Zen’s great liberation is to see the reality of this moment.
For all of you Zen romantics who refuse to go along with this you have only one course of action to take, continue visiting this blog and other like blogs and Internet sites that teach about something other than the moment, for example, the Buddha Mind, the Unborn Mind, the One Mind, the Dharmadhatu, the Tathagatagarbha, or the foundational Buddha-nature.
In the meantime expect Zen, followed by Buddhism, to become something it never was when we compare what is taught today with the canon itself. By the way, the Buddha called this the counterfeit teaching. It marked the end of the true teaching.