When I read people's opinions about enlightenment, for example, it is about realizing that there is nothing to be liberated, or that enlightenment is when you stop seeking enlightenment, I begin to think that such people are more interested in secularizing Buddhism than learning what enlightenment actually is. This goes for Zen as well. This kind of response reminds me of someone answering a riddle as if to say, "Yep, this is the big secret. There is no such thing as the unconditioned or pure Mind. It's all about realizing that just as you are—that's enlightenment! See, the problem with this enlightenment stuff is you think there is some kind of essence to see which transcends birth and death. Just accept life the way it is. Anyway, when you die, that's it. No rebirth."
Of course, I should expect this since secularism is the authoritative center of the public discourse which is just one step away from Bolshevism which expresses itself as a hatred of metaphysics, religion, including mysticism, and the arts as a means of liberation. No, the secular view of life is not quite here but like Bolshevism it is both materialistic and nihilistic.
Most of the good practitioners I have encountered over the years are not hardcore secularists or even Bolsheviks! They try to bring the best that Buddhism has to offer to their daily lives; seeming to understand that enlightenment is suddenly seeing pure Mind which is unconditioned and, more importantly, the stuff this world is made from. Although they are not there yet, they have sufficient faith that they can intuit it. They haven't fallen into the trap of treating enlightenment or awakening as if it were a riddle that could be answered with some clever words.
I realize that Buddhism, and Zen are not for the huge majority of people. Most, simply, do not have the good karma to comprehend a supermundane world beyond this one, let lone how to enter it. Many of the Western teachers of Buddhism are spiritually blind, who don't have the light. They only know how to teach acceptence of this world which is not a good thing. This world is not a refuge. It's vision is antithetical to Buddhism's. It will only destroy the spiritual nature of man and with it, what little compassion he has left. Just look at the violence of the Judeo-Christian religion, including Islam. What does this religion teach? "The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name" (Exodus 15:3 KJV).