You could say it is a way to live differently based on the captured present with powers that be they find beyond the mind. Therefore he teaches to overcome limitations than our logical mind we impose and put us in the realm of intuition, faculty that it does not depend on our intellect, but of the development of consciousness. The fundamental idea of the Zen is the possibility of contact with those forces or energies located in the depths of one’s own, because all authority, all wisdom and all the value of the Zen comes from our interior. Zen by itself doesn’t teach anything, does not have any God to worship, do not have any ceremonial rite, does not promise no future in more beyond. However is considered one of the roads or pathways of liberation. Source: Nature Bounty.
As the old masters used to say, zen is this, here, now to get closer to Zen is to be found where really lies within ourselves. An experience, a personal experience, an interior State is which is reached via the way of silence. What is silence? If we seek contact with this zen state must know how to be quiet not only externally, but cultivate the inner silence. If we are full of concepts, ideas, projects, desires, memories, etc. and live with this psychic ballast, find it very difficult to access the silent level of our psyche. Mute status is clearly different information which is addressed to the intellectual center and one that does not correspond to the mind.
The mute status is intact and unlimited, since we really communicate with the environment and we learn to hear. The level we normally live is superficiality, opinions, ideas, and judgments. There is no space within ourselves to something new. We have the habit of thinking within dualism. If we transcend this situation and put us in the internal state that is beyond the common logic of intellect, we are approaching the zen.