Life is change, change is pulse, pulse is a motion, a “balance” between extremes.
Realization, thus joy and happiness, can be seen as balance between force and compassion.
Compassion is trying to understand and help others, knowing that together, we are ultimately a whole being.
Force is, in the meantime, don’t let others (expecially those lacking a compassionate behaviour) overwhelm your purpose.
From this understandings:
I don’t tell you what to do and don’t expect you to tell me what I have to.
I don’t judge you, and gently ignore every judgment you express on me.
Zen is a tool, not an identity.
Beware the danger of identification to any belief system, the ego loves it.
Is this affirmation not a lack of respect, towards Zen itself? No, I think it’s not.
If you can’t joke and laugh about Zen … than it’s not Zen at all! : )
So my best appreciations come for something that is not pretending a “forced respect”, something that loves you openly and unconditionally even if you laugh at it.
In Alchemy this is described as the “Law of the Mirror”:
only giving unconditional love you will receive unconditional love.
This concept is widely know also as the Karma.
And this indeed is generating the higher form of respect, something very powerful:
having the ultimate respect without pretending respect
described in the Tao Te Ching as “Wu Wei” or “acting without acting”.
Well, I do not like to be “labeled”, and this, paradoxically enough, is sort of a categorization of people … anyway the content is somehow interesting and very emotional : )
So it’s worth a view IMHO, but no thanks, I’m not subscribing to “the tribe”, my tribe is humanity, my place the planet.