The Chan, that I have witnessed so far, contains no absolute. The teachings tell us the following:
- I have said not a word.
- Look inward.
- Just sit.
- Detach from all forms.
Some of us consider "just experience" or "just sit" as very insecure, because there is no guidelines, nothing to lean on and seeing no end. That is normal and true. That's why, Hinayana or Pureland practice maybe more suitable for some of us.
Just experience is not absolute either, because each journey of ours are unique. No matter how you describe, no one could really know for sure what they are. We all are like waves in the ocean.
Chan is just a journey. The practice is the teaching, the end, and truthfully an endless journey. There is no destination, no objective, no theory, no concept. Entirely up to each of us.
What we can hold on to is only the present moment. Even that is constantly changing.