It is absolutely urgent because we don’t have much time before somebody goes crazy. Any moment the destruction of the earth is imminent.
The questions from sannyasins.
The first question:
I heard you say existence is non-judgmental, but our minds are full of judgments.
Where do they come from? Are they also related to the idea of God?
Existence is non-judgmental.
That is one of the greatest contributions of Zen to humanity: that you need not be a saint to be awakened. You can be awakened from any angle, from any dimension of life.
It is almost like somebody is dreaming that he is murdering someone, and somebody else is dreaming a very sweet dream that he is serving the poor people. Somebody is dreaming that he is very virtuous, a saint, and somebody is dreaming that he is a murderer, the worst kind of criminal.
Do you think the saintly dreamer will wake up sooner, and the sinner and the criminal will take a little longer time to wake up? They will both wake up exactly at the same time, by the same method. Just throw one bucket full of ice-cold water on both and they will jump out of their beds. It does not matter whether they were dreaming of sin or they were dreaming of virtue.
Zen’s understanding is – and I absolutely support it, it is my own experience – that you can wake up wherever you are, whatever you are doing; your actions, your personality, your character, don’t count at all. This is a tremendous declaration because all religions have been telling you, “First you have to become a saint, then only can you enter into the paradise of God.”
Zen gives you a tremendous equality. It does not matter what you are doing, it does not matter how you are behaving, it does not matter what is your personality – polished, crude, uncultured…You can wake up by the same method, meditation, directly, without changing anything in your character, in your actions.
And existence in this way is non-judgmental. It gives life to the sinner, it gives life to the saint, without any discrimination. It gives love, showers silence over all, without any discrimination.
Your question is, where do these judgments come from? Fundamentally, originally, they come from the fiction of God. But a fiction cannot do anything, the fiction has to hire living people. They come from your priesthood, from your popes, your shankaracharyas, your imams, your Ayatolla Khomeniacs.