the zen story ( for me a least) both works and does not.
Zen, despite its "Games of Zen Masters" is rooted in a deeply monastic, medatative and studious study of scripture from India via China were it is known as Chan (meditation). There are of course many laymen who were adepts such as P'ang.
Are you defending rayoflight or debating others thoughts on his ideas?
Spirituality by nature (of its antidotal effect against selfish materialism) has a discilpline and its masters. If not, spirituality becomes the working ground of charlatans, which unfortunately is the case at times anway.
Many people mistake spirituality with, dealing with spirits for instance. I think in general spirituality is a training. Thus a persons presentation of their spirituality can indicate much as to its validity.
Many people name their spirituality as their "own" so as to avoid the discipline of a true (tried and tested) practice. Zen master can be quite servere as your story begins to allude to, and many so called seekers do not have the courage to submit their ego/will to a master.
Much like willing to learn and play supporting rhythms whilst the soloist does their thing.
The argument against rayoflight is at heart, that, the Mande are the masters and we should follow with in reason their traditions....but as I mentioned Im not sure where your argument lays
Sure, who can
pass judgment...but on the other hand making judgments as to what is truly spiritual in a broad sense or what is true spiritual training is neccessary to avoid allowing "the crow to teach the eagle"
Or at worst to be ripped off emotionally, finacially, sexually
physically etc by a snake.
Sometimes however, the eagle my sit in on the crow's lesson just to be humble
from my own side I think the answer will be in our hands rather than "blowing in the wind" when we overcome our own selfishness.