@ alwayson: I am a vajrayana practitioner and I love zen. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that they are amazingly similar at the core, although different in methodology.
@ ajax: I would like to share this with you, if you are not familiar with it already.
This is the translation of a great zen work, a poem that is not too long,.
I read frequently. It can be a real eye opener.ON BELIEVING IN MIND
by Chien-chih Seng-ts'an (J: Sosan), Third Zen Patriarch [Died 606CE]Translated by D.T.Suzuki http://home.primusonline.com.au/peony/faith_in_mind.htm
This can be found in the book Manual Of Zen Buddhism
I think it will give you an understanding of what going beyond dualistic thinking
and that also includes the tendency to define things as either
rational or irrational.
Now, originally you asked,
Are some Zen practitioners in the West so attached to the ideas and culture of Zen that they cannot even entertain the notion of expressing how they feel in an nonintellectual or undogmatic way?
...and of course the answer is YES
, and you can easily find those who cling to dogma among vajrayanists, atheists, marxists, trekkies, and any other group of people. But I don't know that zen people clinging to dogma
is a particular trend.
I'd love to know, why do you ask?