Zen isn't exactly, at this point in the West, in danger of turning into a punch line. It may never become such. Still, this doesn't mean it cannot become a joke like a comedy sketch that abruptly ends or becomes deliberately anticlimactic. It is like the Gahan Wilson cartoon that shows what looks like two Zen monks in meditation. One, who looks like the Zen master, says to the other, "Nothing happens next. This is it." Yes, this is anticlimactic comedy.
There is nothing in Zen to prevent Zen from becoming anticlimactic comedy, a joke on itself. It may have reached this point already. There is always that part of Zen when we conclude, it’s a big joke intended to show us that seeking truth is a fool’s errand. However, in my case it was anything but this. In fact, what happened to me is so extraordinary that I can only reveal a little at a time. Those who have visited me know what I am talking about.
All this prompts we to work at giving The Zennist reader confidence that Zen is for real. There is no fools errand here and no comedy.