Is there really a Zen master outside our own awareness. No, there cannot be.. Not possible. We create everybody else in the world in consciousness.
If I am not liking this or getting disappointed, it is because I have expectations..
How could anybody exist outside my awareness? This is nothing to do with ego, it is just so.. It is true of everybody whether or not they realize it. Is this is what it means by the truth that we all have a Buddha nature? That is looking at it too reasonably. One cannot get Zen intellectually.
Does a falling tree make a sound if there is nobody there to hear it? Does anything exist if there is nobody there to experience it?