You might say that this is twisting words... or something, but down the road, what exactly is the difference between the path and the person walking the path. After all it is all in our heads. Each individual path to self-enlightenment is just a figment of imagionation. Imagination of the person imaginig to walk the path. In this sense, what exactly is the difference between what person imagines to be and what person imagines to do.
All metaphores are meaningless. All metaphores are still just a poor mans' way of explaining what ones imagination can not yet fully grasp. The metaphor of "the road" that you "walk" to reach "nirvana" is meaningless. Neither Buddhas, nor Zen masters didn't walk some imaginary roads in their heads to reach the state they are now in.
A road is simply a metaphor for going from point A to point B. In mental sense it is simply a metaphor for transforming one viewpoint on the existance (I'll conviniently call it viewpoint A) to another viewpoint (I guess I'll call this one viewpoint B). The "walk" is simply shedding some logic, adding some different logic, and perhaps trying to imagine a larger picture.
If you take this metaphor of "path" for exactly what it is (it's just a metaphor) and see that "walking" is actually just modifying self awareness, then you can in a way claim that somebody IS Zen. Because the "path" is only his personal logic used to move from point A to point B. Personal logic is part of who I am, ergo I am the one walking the path and the path at the same time.
Oh, and yes... I agree there are Zen masters, including ones that are not Buddhas, but my claim was that there are no Zen masters that are teachers. Teaching removes them from Zen in much the same manner that it removes me from my zen. Trying to use foreign and "educated" logical argument to explain internal perceptions is burdening, distracting and overall useless endeavour. Teaching is best left to those still walking the their path. And Zen masters are notorious for smacking you if you bother them with too many questions.
Oh, I almost forgot. About masters of any kind: everybody that knows more than you is your master. To everyone who you know more from, you are the master. So, next, we can argue about each particular definition of the work "master". And by the time we've done with it, we'll start arguing about some other even more meaningless word, though or metaphor. All the time drifting further and further away from the original topic. Kind of like what happens to restless pupils that haven't been properly smacked by masters staff... yet.
Thank you for your time
--- To boldly invent more hot water ---
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