Buddha Dharma (or Zen as I like to say) is arousing the mind that does not rest on form. Jesus said this as much when he said the Son of Man has no place (form/idea/label) to rest his head (mind). Reading this metaphorically, the Son of Man is our human mind, and the Son of this Mind is the sense of a separate self or Ego.
This Ego can only exist when identified with form because it believes it is form or fixed. So the Ego must have a label with which to rest its mind, otherwise there is no way to orientate itself in the snowstorm of sense data.
Zen is the collapse of the labeling mind, the terror of having nothing to cling to, and then the discovery that you are the Knower of form and not the form itself. The Knower, free from form, is at home anywhere. The Son of Man is what Zen calls Big Mind or No Mind. It is a creative mind because it creates no ideas, insights out of the forms that are given. The TV metaphor is MacGyver who uses anything to get out of a fix.
A mind that does not rest on form (physical or mental)is a liberated mind. I’ve been talking about grievances for the last two Zen Fits, and a grievance is a form upon which we rest or cling to. You can see that, right? A grievance is a mental state of pain, and when we bring it up and share it with others we are reinforcing the glue of the mental state, or label as I’m saying in this talk.
Labels stick to the mind and give the mind a sense of belonging, of having authority, credentials, security. There is nothing wrong with working for and having credentials, but there a world of hurt when we identify with the labels. Then we are in pain when the world does not fit our label, our package so to speak. Labels come on packages.
In yoga and Buddhism this labeling package is called Name and Form. It’s like we have put the ever-changing flued reality whose expose is always a work in process into a pan of fixer. (I used to use a darkroom)
A Zen mind or McGyver mind allows the world to be a process instead of a fixed image. Reality is essentially a verb instead of a noun, but I don’t mean nouns are wrong because the world has to be named and given form and definition so we can catch a bus. But. unless we recognize that realtiy is a verb, a flowing impermanence, we are going to continually stuck and hurt when our nouns change. We then have grievances.
A Zen Mind or McGyver mind is a mind not afraid of change and using whatever is available to speak the Word, or be free. There is great joy and laughter in this freedom.