I have certainly investigated many Buddhist and Zen chat forums over these many years to see where people are coming from. The vast majority of people who contribute to these forums don’t see Buddhism or Zen Buddhism, in particular, as a path leading to the transcendent where there is an actual, direct intuition of the absolute.
If one has seriously read Buddhist and Zen literature it is unambiguous that awakening is called for, especially, when it comes to Zen. But not everyone sees it this way because not everyone when they read the discourses of the Buddha or Zen masters want to see the big picture which is awakening, i.e., becoming buddha. The typical response is this:
All beings are already enlightened. There is no big picture, no realization, no awakening.
First of all the Buddha never said this. The huge majority of Westerners who have taken up Buddhism and Zen Buddhism believing such nonsense will ultimately fail to see a path leading towards illumination. It is not because awakening is so difficult. The reason is they are stubborn. They don’t want to change. In light of this, one is forced to convince them they are wrong. And how far does that go? Not very far.
Nor is it a question of being nice treating students like they were toddlers. This doesn’t work either. If you dumb down Buddhism and Zen you don’t have Buddhism or Zen anymore.
Just recently I met this person in the same spot three times who was riding a moped. I thought to myself, this is important. After we had pizza a few times he talked about the light radiating out of me and how much he enjoyed it. With the exception of a few people who visit this blog who know what I mean, it is a rare occurrence to meet someone who enters the stream this fast. Anyone who is deluded, hateful and greedy cannot sense this light. This, by the way, is the way Buddhism and Zen are taught or should be taught, including Vajrayana. Without this connection the teacher has, essentially, nothing to give and the student will receive nothing in return.