This year Reb has been emphasizing the identity of Perfect Wisdom and Good Friendship. So, I was encouraged at what seemed to be a shift from an orthodox Mind Only approach to what seemed on its face to be more of a Maitreya approach.
Before the practice period, I wrote http://nomastersrefuge.org/buddha_6-0.html
During this last practice period at GGF, however, he was propounding what seemed to be more of a solipsistic view: The Whole Universe is You (and by inference, therefore, one could simply only sit).
I take real exception to that premise, but see Mind Only as sufficiently and necessarily referring to no more than cultivating the realization of 'difference without separation' and therefore Zen to be the cultivation of 'no separation'.
This distinction, I think, makes all the difference.
I am all for this notion of 'shared joy' of which Reb still speaks. The problem is this: At the staff level of all three practice places, shared joy is hard to find. What shared joy visitors to these places take away is only what they have brought in with them. When the guests leave, what becomes plain is morbidity, cliqueing, and inordinate self-absorption of residents who have clearly become exhausted in the performance of the secular duties that enable the facility to operate as a material entity serving the customary needs of visiting individuals.
The very practice that these places propound creates refuge for various neuroses: passive-agression, obsession compulsion, social avoidance, toxic introversion, narcissistic power play... I could go on. Nevertheless, I do not criticize the institution, but am avowed to persist in encouraging all concerned to consider the possibility for the comlementary establishment of a formal program for advanced Lay Leadership education and development that walks in and about the non-monastic world in secular fashion.
I await your consideration!