Zenners were Chinese hippies. (1,000 years before California was on the map).
Being natural sometimes went to the extreme, but the spirit was to be natural.
The spirit was to be brutally honest. It was a lie to placate or patronize someone. It's the job of the Zen Master to confuse his disciples into awareness.
We complicate our minds to the point we need to complicate it a little bit more to break our complicated grasp on it.
Hallucinogens, drinking, eating, and pondering the physics of reality were open territories to the Zen mind. In the pursuit of reality, all things must be considered.
Zenners realize that it is easy to get trapped in what 'we know.'
The Zen mind is like a rubber band. Sometimes it holds principles, experiences and Buddhist Dharma tightly together.
Then at other times the Zen mind takes that rubber band and makes a slingshot. Wham!
"Hey! That hurt!"
Yeah. That's Zen.
Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang
"Spirit Wolf of Truth"
Patriarch of Shaolin Zen