Most of us if our life depended up it could not name sixty Western Zen masters let alone claim to have met all of them. But a Chinese seeker of competent Zen masters did just this. His name was Ta-sui (834–919).
Although I called on more than sixty prominent teachers, barely one or two had great perception. The rest hardly had the real true knowledge—they just want your donations.
Apparently, our seeker didn’t have too much success even though there was no lack of Zen masters. In the West, we do not have a lot of Zen masters and we have to draw the unfortunate conclusion that, probably, most Zen masters in the West hardly have any real true knowledge. By the same token, there is no lack of credulous students in the West. This causes me to say a perfect storm can easily develop when the most incompetent Zen master and the most credulous student meet. The best remedy for this unfortunate situation is do your research (some due diligence) before you decide that this Zen master is going to be your teacher. If you choose not to you could be in real trouble.