What am I? What is this life for? Why is there suffering? These are universal human questions. A person comes to Zen when such questions can no longer be ignored. Zen, however, is not a system of belief or dogma. It is simply the recognition of your own nature, and a mind-body practice to embody that recognition. In this way, universal questions are resolved within the insight arising from your own being: a natural wisdom which is not bound by any one religion, philosophy or culture.
The purpose of Zen is thus not to give you something new, or to help you do something new. It is to discover the true nature of your existence, and to manifest the boundless freedom which comes from that. To practice Zen is to discover what a human being truly is..