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P'ang
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The purpose of Zen training is to end suffering for all beings. To end suffering, two things are necessary: – Correctly perceive the truth of each moment (sound of fingers hitting keys; black type on white screen) – Function correctly in each moment (write the best answer I’m capable of) To correctly perceive the truth of each moment, we must perceive what we are doing in each moment. Thus, when meditating, just meditate. When talking, just talk. When driving, just drive. (When talking and driving, just talk and drive.) That’s all. Correct function depends upon seeing the truth clearly. If… Read more »

Maya
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it is to reach enlightenment. Some buddhists practicing Zen believe that when meditating they are the most intelligent. Not like they suddenly know more information but that they can find themselves and figure out their own problems.

Existentialist Absurd Hero
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For the most part, it is to maintain ’empty mind’. A mind not fixated on things or problems etc. Koans assist in this, by causing the mind to ponder on paradoxical concepts. The sound of one hand clapping etc.

Then during this state of mind, the practitioner hopes for a moment of enlightenment. When everything makes sense and fits into place.

So I suppose both you and your friend are correct.

Lha Bho
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The purpose is to essentially understand one’s true nature: Emptiness (according to Zen).