A monk came to say good bye to Ch'an master Niaowo (Bird's Nest). He said:
-Thank you, Sir, for everything you've done for me. Now I got to go.
-Where will you go?
-Any place where I can learn Buddha dharmas.
Our interest in Zen is to keep a natural, conscious watch on everything before, after and in-between. We lesson our suffering through the healing of attention. And we can learn from every experience, however momentary, by our physical and mental awareness in the now.