Rituals and Worship
In Chan/Zen, there is no need to transcend time or escape to another dimension of reality to experience the sacred. Because everything has Buddha-nature, all time is sacred time.
Because everything has Buddha-nature, all space is sacred space. The divine exists in everyday places, and everyday activities are manifestations of the sacred.
Rites and Ceremonies
The rituals most often performed by Chan/Zen monks are funerals. There are also many elaborate rituals associated with monastic training, including koan study and prolonged periods of meditation.
Worship and Devotion in Daily Life
Chan/Zen Buddhist monks in training live austere lives. They follow strict rules and a strict regimen of daily activities. A few lay followers will visit a temple regularly to pray or volunteer.
Specific styles of painting, poetry, and gardening are often associated with Chan/Zen. Chan/Zen temples also have a symbolic structure that some say represents the body of the Buddha, or the human body.