Zen is beyond a belief
Last night my girlfriend read me a passage:
“A master in Zen is not simply a teacher. In all the religions there are only teachers. They teach you about subjects which you don’t know, and they ask you to believe because there is no way to bring those experiences into objective reality.
Neither has the teacher known them — he has believed them; he transfers his belief to somebody else.
Zen is not a believer’s world. It is not for the faithful ones; it is for those daring souls who can drop all belief, unbelief, doubt, reason, mind, and simply enter into their pure existence without boundaries.
But it brings a tremendous transformation. Hence, let me say that while others are involved in philosophies, Zen is involved in metamorphosis, in a transformation.”
From: Osho Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, Chapter 6
When people have asked me what religion/spirituality I believe in, I have usually answered “Zen.”
“I believe in the Zen approach.”
“I try to lead a Zen lifestyle.”
“I try to emulate a Zen Buddhist’s beliefs.”
After taking in the great passage above, I had clarity that I have been working too hard to define a belief system. My former rants on my beliefs may provide social comfort, but it has rarely led to real changes in my path.
In the future when I get asked the same question, I will do my best to answer something along the lines of,
“I am what I am, and I respect your beliefs.”
I can’t say I have fully experienced dropping all beliefs, unbeliefs, doubts, reasons, mind, and simply entering into a pure existence without boundaries.
However, I hope to become more Zen.