Zen Mind is everyday mind. It is nothing special, imported, given or received and functions whether we practice Zen or not. It is from a perspective of ignorance and delusion that affliction enters our lives, fueling the cycle of rebirth.
For that matter, why wait until you are dead to transcend hell?
To do so is like investing in unseen real estate in an area known for swamps, crocodiles and not returning after entering.
We are only useful through the things we do for others. This is the basis of civilization. These things do not flow from self analysis. Although introspection and a sense of shame for our less-than-perfect actions always has been a natural component of Buddhist Practice, psychological analysis alone augments the self, its feelings and perceptions thus making one an elevated target for endless sadness.
This is good for business if you are in the psychology trade.
Psychology is not inherent to Western mind, but rather recently inoculated into our psyche with a strong shot of hubris related to its effectiveness. It has then been heavily marketed as a solution to suffering. It is not a science that produces results like Western physics, and it is not the fusion of perception and nature that is Western mathematics and engineering.
It is definitely not craftsmanship as it relates to creating useful things of beauty, but rather a hamster wheel of perception studying perception.
Although this too can be said of physics, engineering and mathematics, these great interrelated disciplines use empiricism in what appears to be outside of self to produce tooling necessary for the propagation of humanity. Like a Zen koan, they ask profound questions of the self as it relates to The Universe indirectly, through a specific problem. This is in harmony with the Nature of The Universe not bound by the polarity of self and other, is and is not. In this way, a simple tool room challenge such as how to build a more efficient engine becomes a focal point of mind that can allow the practitioner to lose a clinging to self, personal problems and fears. This, when illuminated with Buddhadharma, is one of the innumerable gateless gates entering The Great Way.
Illuminated in such a way, the magical craft practices of physics, engineering and mathematics naturally serve humanity. Yet these things can only be painted with the rough and general brush strokes of mathematical functions and operators that flow from the polarity of coming into perceived being expressed in number theory. They can never be the truth of self and universe. However, illuminated by Buddhadharma they will lead to the perception of The Truth of Self and Universe.
Physics and engineering are magic to those who do not practice it. Mathematics is the practice of magic that brings the phenomena of these two disciplines into the realm of perception.
In the same way as meditative practices based in self advancement at the expense of others can be used for greed, hatred and ignorance, the powerful practices of physics, engineering and mathematics can be used to destroy us.
The potential for destruction is true of any meditative practice not illuminated by concept based in compassion.
Much like a high performance motorcycle, the more powerful the meditative practice, the more dangerous it can be. This is especially true of Zen koan meditation divorced from Buddhist Concept.
Psychology augments attachment to self and resultant feelings that are either painful or pleasant and make concrete focal points of blame which in themselves are mirages of the self. It is therefore actively used in mind control as it relates to marketing medication, merchandise, politics and wars. This approach is outside of Dhyana Buddhist Practice.
Within 80% of the time period spanning the 20th Century, we did not suffer the horror of school shootings. They only occurred during that Century’s last decade and into this present Century.
This was despite the fact that there was always a plentiful supply of unregulated semi-automatic guns (John Browning developed the immediately popular semi-automatic pistol in 1911). Before and during the hard, stressful times of the Great Depression, and the youthful rebellions of the 1950’s and ‘60’s there were no school shootings, although there were definitely enough “crazy people” to go around.
Therefore, guns are not the cause.
What is different?
It is the ever widening spread of psychology in the form of the “mental health” industry and its use of psychotropic drugs.
All of “the shooters” in schools were kids under psychological/psychiatric care and prescribed psychotropic drugs.
One of the most effective ways evil is injected into a civilization is by the carrier masquerading as a proponent for the common good.
What is the agenda?
It is the removal (“for the common good”) of our ability to defend ourselves, loved ones and society from the intrusion of forces either physical or mental not acting in our best interest. Its basis is a form of collective mind control using the practice of psychology. In some circles this is called “demonic possession.”
Zen Buddhism has always advocated self defense. Hand to hand fighting in its multitude of forms, archery and swordsmanship were mastered in many places of Buddhist Compassion.
All three of the great disciplines of physics, engineering and mathematics have been inherent in the Western psyche since the beginning of beginnings. However, they come down to us in a watered down misshapen form, the result of non-empirical dogmatic religious persecution and outright destruction. Thus they exist now separated from our natural inquiry into the nature of self, Universe, birth and death, except in the shallowest and naive of forms. The earlier practices were codified in the Dark Ages and only faintly recorded from millennia past in old texts such as the Hermetica that have been corrupted by religious dogma.
The most fundamental empiricism, the most profound inquiry cannot ignore the problem of self and other, the nature of Self and The Nature of The Universe.
Throw God into it, and you have a reflection of The Self to deal with and argue about. Drop God out of it and you drop The Self and a lot of useless arguments.
Psychology has used Western scientific proceedures in an attempt to validate itself.
Western mind is the mind of creation, the mind of immersing our self into the Universe trough our work and dreams. The highest dream of humanity is to free all sentient beings from the endless cycle of suffering they find themselves in.
This highest dream is called in Zen, “The mind that seeks The Way.”
If you sincerely enter The Way, Enlightening Beings will inexplicably appear to help guide you across the turbulent sea of life to the other shore.