The purpose of Chan practice is Enlightenment, self realization, awakening to the absolute truth of reality. It’s a path of transformation instead of salvation.
We have a constructed image in our minds of who we are and what the world is. Chan is about being in the moment without the constructs. Dropping ego. Dropping the past and our thoughts about the future and engaging with the present moment. Master Dogen called it “The dropping away of body and mind.”
Easier said than done. Our minds want to do anything but stay in this moment. Chan involves learning to quiet our minds and penetrate through these layers of delusion. Chan is teaching our minds how to sit still.
We do this by following a set of principles: meditation, mindfulness, and morality.
Want to know more?
What is Chan Buddhism? by Daniel Scharpenburg
Welcome to Chinese Zen by John Crook