Soto Zen Practice is based on keeping the 16 Great Precepts (The Three Refuges, The Three Pure Precepts, and the Ten Precepts), and Serene Reflection Meditation.
Morality, in the form of the Precepts, could literally be described as 50 percent of Soto practice.
To say then that "Zen has no morals" would be a grave misnomer.
And grossly incorrect.
The idea that Zen practice means "you can do whatever you want without consequence", would be a complete perversion of Zen teaching.
Karma, including cause and effect on a moral level is also a basic doctrine essential to Zen.
Keep in mind, much of Westerners in general are unable to sepperate 'what is Zen' from what is simply 'Japanese Culture'.
The Japanese, have a very interesting, and highly conformist culture, that is not the same as Zen Buddhist practice.
I was recently reading a news article that was talking about a report on the summary of problems surrounding the recent earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear incident, and one of the things the report came to, is that it blamed 'Japanese Culture' (Specifically the culture of conformism) as contributing significantly to the problems preventing it, durring the incident, and the response afterward.
It's a problem I think the Japanese people are increasingly aware of, and are looking at.
Part of bringing a tradition from one culture to another is sepperating out what are 'culturalisms' from what is actually Buddhist Practice.
This is the same with any Buddhist Tradition. What is acceptable in Nepal and Tibet for instance, is not nessicarily what is acceptable here in the West.
Ch'an is also Zen Buddhism, Just from China.
Having a spiritual experience, does not mean that a person is a fully enlightened Buddha.
It means they have made a first step toward deeper training.
If they dont continue to do training, they can become just as off-centre as any other person.
Also, having an initial spiritual experience, does not mean a person is free from greed, anger, and delusion. It just means they understand the consequences of thier actions better.
Unfortunately, some people, even those who have been training for a long time can become off-centre.
It is sad, but it does occationally happen.
All we can do sometimes is offer those people merit, and try to clean up the mess.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy