https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-shock ... erican-zenCase in point: Eido Shimano Roshi. The founder and leader of New York’s Zen Studies Society—among the largest Western Buddhist communities in America, with prominent CEOs and celebrities among its members—Shimano carried on clandestine affairs with over a dozen women in his community over the course of thirty years, according to Oppenheimer’s provocatively titled Zen Predator of the Upper East Side. The book is a devastating indictment of Shimano Roshi, filled with hard evidence of the affairs and the cover-ups, the testimony of several victims, and occasionally lurid details. It even includes Shimano’s own confession to having sex with some students, though, he says, “far fewer” than his accusers allege.
American Zen is such a joke; virtually anyone can become a zen master with the right pajama-outfit and the vaguest, most irrational statements.
The new-age circuit is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Led that get through everyone's head.
There are real predators out there, along with their beta-orbiters who trade silence for pajamas.
The article finishes with a great sentence that pajama-cravers need to hear:
If you are a monk, you can don the saffron robes; if you are an upasaka, you can wear a white t-shirt to ceremonies; otherwise dress modestly like any other normal person; zen-pajamas don't mean crud.In the end, meditation is not about exotic sages, black robes, and following in the footsteps of someone else. It’s about finding your own footsteps, in your own Western clothes, and according to your own experiences and insights.
Also - there is absolutely no reason that a white man needs a Japanese or Korean or Tibetan pet name - it makes you look ridiculous.
If your name is Bob Smith your spiritual level is exactly the same as if you change your name to some exotic Asian-sounding name.
Show yourself some self-respect!
"Losing yourself" isn't about losing all of your dignity in exchange for pajama-prestige, and non-duality doesn't mean you need to ingest fluids from dirty old men in wizard outfits to get your own-with-the-universe hit.