Suzuki, who was the Zen master who popularized the teaching of the 13th century’s Dogen via the Bastion of tradition San Francisco, offers thorough advice about Zen and attempts to describe to students the goal of it. The practicality of his advice extends outside of Zen though, and much of it confirms the Traditional view of Buddhism and can be of good use to a student of Tradition who is not otherwise interested in Buddhism.
Suzuki confirms Evola`s claim that Buddhism is not a religion: “Our practice has nothing to do with some particular religious belief.” Suzuki claims that regardless of other traditions one is loyal to: “Our practice is for everyone.” Similarly, Suzuki tells us that Buddhism has nothing to do with feeling a certain way about Buddha or his teachings. Rather, “Buddhism is not good or bad. We are doing what we should do. That is Buddhism.”
Buddhism, then, can be considered a practice that is beyond good and evil. Despite the prejudices of some of its followers, it must not necessarily be used to “improve the lives of all livings beings,” at least in the sense that they understand that phrase to mean.
In beginning practice, Suzuki informs us that the most important rule to remember is to “keep our beginner’s mind,” which means to not develop a feeling of ‘mastery’ to any of the Buddhist practices. One should instead maintain the original attitude one had to any teaching that one felt during one’s first encounter with it. According to Suzuki, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”`
Like keeping this practice, a man of Tradition who has not fully committed himself to a doctrine can live by this teaching and by the Hindu idea of “All is Maya.” If the modern world is false and its features illusion, then it is pointless to hold prejudice against its aspects. Rather, we should drop our preconceived idea about certain elements or doctrines and instead see where the best possible positive, Traditional action can be taken in our lives. It is pointless to see a particular religion as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ compared to another one. Rather, all have fallen and are in need of restoration to their fullness.