I think that Suzuki did confuse many in the west with his poor explanation of mindfulness as a semi-magical state you enter into.

We in the west have been culturally habituated to magical thinking, the idea of dying on the mat and a new person arising mentioned in the article in relation to Zen, is an idea ripe for exploitation by unscrupulous people trading in magical thinking in the guise of Buddhism.

The more I read of the Buddha, the more I am convinced he was a pragmatist who was not impressed with metaphysics and tried to guide people toward a different perspective that allows the scales to fall from the eyes, able to see and know reality.

The altered states of consciousness found in Jhana practice, while quite exquisite states of mind, are definately dependant on conditions and therefore not enlightenment.

Thinking about it I think that the use of the word enlightenment is confusing, I much prefer the word awakened, it gives me a better view of the Buddha's ultimate goal