Ian Dodkins wrote:
Conversely, in taoism and zen, it would be too strong to say that they have a sense of 'individualism', but they completely dismiss the hierarchy (other than as an operational thing with no real intrinsic value).
Are you sure about your assertion?
I remember when Buddha started teaching after his enlightment, his first students were his old fellow "truth seekers" before his enlightment. He demanded them to call him "master". A few times, when his new diciples called him "dear friend" out of habit, he corrected them in a stern tone "call me master".
It seems to me that respect to your teach is a very must in zen as well.