Skimming over the Internet threads at Zen Forum International and here on this blog -- the ones concerning Eido Tai Shimano and his various depredations -- I notice only belatedly that ZFI deleted my opening letter on the topic ... and who knows what else besides? The Shimano issue has been contentious in its time and some were unable or unwilling to dig into what was too volatile, too apostate, too messy, too unapproved. OK.
What occurred to me today as I skimmed all that heart-felt, exasperated, angry, wishful, soothing, bullshitting, condemning, elevating, self-serving, altruistic, camouflaging, revealing, tut-tutting ... what occurred to me today was that I wanted to say thank you to those who contributed. The issue is drip-drip-dripping into an obscurity that is natural to all things. Like all things, it has been or is en route to being forgotten ... until it is rediscovered in some new time and place. The notion that its lessons could somehow be learned and not repeated is pie in the sky ... otherwise known as bullshit. Human beings are human beings ... i.e. Buddhas. They do their best or do their worst and best and worst together drip-drip-drip into the maw of forgetfulness. OK.
But another thing that crossed my mind was how I dislike the habit of quoting or relying on Zen master this or Christian saint that or reb this-and-that... the 'authentic' and 'approved' stuff. I don't care what they said or whether they were holier than a bread box ... I do care what YOU say or what I say. True, we can all take some lessons from those who went before, but those lessons are only as good as YOU are. Mostly they are just farts in a wind storm.
But YOU are not that way.
YOU are alive.
Spiritual endeavor is not some golden-fleeced roadkill.
Buddhism is what is alive.
What is alive does not accede like some drooling, lock-tugging sycophant.
YOU are alive.
YOU, after all, are Buddha.
Thank you very much.