BUDDHISM BASICS page 27
Chan Is Mind
Family, jobs, responsibilities, hunger, fear, and illness can be distractions for the mind of any person.
Since only one motivation exists at any time, the subtle nature of spirituality is easily overshadowed by what we think is more important, more immediate, or distracting.
The purpose of removing desire and emotion and material objects is to minimize these distractions and create an environment and lifestyle of increased spiritual potential.
Since Buddhism teaches that each person is born with a perfect Buddha Nature, we all have the possibility of rediscovering this happiness within us–if we can just unbury it within our heart/soul/and mind.
Although some translate “Chan” as meditation, some of us prefer the translation of Universal Mind. Although the Universal Mind is the concept of seeing a tree from all possible perspectives, up, down and every side…it still requires someone to be looking. This person who is looking could be giraffe who only sees the leaves it wants to eat. However, the Universal Mind has no personal motive to overshadow the many things to be seen.
When a child looks at a car it at a room, it is more aware of shapes, colors, and items than a grownup. Learn to see like a child, think like a God, and appreciate everything as if you’d never seen it before and you’ll have Buddha Nature seeing with a Universal Mind and discover Chan. (or Zen)