2. Paris Syndrome... physical symptoms resemble those of Florence syndrome but also include acute feelings of persecution.
Questioner: Can a neurotic or psychotic person do zazen?
Roshi: People who are highly nervous or seriously disturbed cannot do zazen. You don't appear to fall in either category.
Questioner: I wasn't thinking of myself.
Roshi: A mentally disturbed person who straightens himself out can benefit enormously from zazen, but he, even more than others, would need to work with a teacher.
Questioner: Roshi, what do you do when someone comes to your Center who is obviously neurotic or schizoprenic yet who wants to do zazen?
Roshi: Persons mildly anxious or depressed who have a sincere wish to practice are allowed to stay. After all, in the profoundest sense, who isn't neurotic. Who until awakening doesn't view the world myopically from the dualistic standpoint of self-and-other. Seriously disturbed individuals, however, could become worse through zazen and disturb others doing zazen. For these reasons they are advised to see a psychotherapist in whom they have confidence.
from Roshi Philip Kapleau's Zen: Merging of East and West
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