Zen mind is “Natural” state of our beings: No self, no identity, no memes, no beliefs.
Any idea of “what is” takes us away from what is – to be in moment, all ideas need to be gone. There’s not even an “I” to have ideas.
The natural being acts as an outcome of movement of universe, in same way that an artist’s brush is moved by its “universe”.
All “teachings”, “spiritual” paths or “sacred” practices actually take us away from moment, because it needs an “I” to do them, with an agenda of some kind, something to gain. All of which removes us from eternal identity-free moment.
The only way that “what is” can be experienced is to lose all traces of self, in which case “what is” can’t be experienced because there is no one there to experience it.
Any description of state of natural mind is false – it cannot be described and anyone who says they can is deluding themselves and/or you – to be described, there still has to be an identity there to describe it and if there is, that state can’t be real.
There is not even an “ultimate” state to gain, because very idea that there is, takes us away from it.
All there is, is operation of universe in its all-ness. There’s no such thing as “enlightened” or “unenlightened”. These are just ideas of what is.
Even “bliss” or “transcendence” is a state of mind that needs an “I” to experience those feelings.
Thoughts are glue of our belief structures. “I” is creation of thoughts and beliefs.
What’s operating when we think we are functioning human beings is operating system of species brain, running sophisticated meme/belief structures that are content of our identities/sense of self.
The only act consciousness can “do” is to let go of “self” awareness. Consciousness, to be fully there, needs to have no “I” attached to it - and then, who is there to be conscious?
The natural state is where everything is meaningful and meaningless – everything is part of whole and no link in chain can be more essential than another.
Action and thought, from this place, is an instantaneous, pure response to call of moment. It is moment, universe acting, not person.
True peace is an absence of agitation, an absence of self-generated internal activity. So peace cannot be “done”, or created – it’s an absence of doing. This allows unadulterated “what is-ness” to be. All action out of this state is completely harmonious (even if there was anyone “there” to experience harmony – there isn’t) and non-conflicting. There is nothing there to conflict with anything else.