The principle of Chan is taking body and mind from a state of confusion and disparity through a condition of one-mind to the experience of no-mind (or no-thought).
Practice should not be separated from living, and living at all times should be one's practice.
Wisdom can be cultivated. Buddha's wisdom is born from a mind of compassion. The more compassionate a mind is, the higher the wisdom it has, and the lesser the worries it will have.
Generally speaking, when one engages in negative actions (the cause), one will reap negative results (the effect). This is the causal result of bad karma. Correspondingly, when one engages in virtuous actions, one will reap virtuous results.
Worldly cause-and-effect takes place in space and time, and whatever exists in space and time is characterized by impermanence.
The real point of the Buddhist way is not just to understand suffering, but also to see the emptiness of suffering. We can use the teaching of the five skandhas to clarify the different dimensions of suffering, to realize the empty nature of the skandhas, and thereby to transcend our own suffering.
True cessation is fully realizing the nature of emptiness and liberating oneself from the cycle of birth and death.
This eightfold path is the middle way between extremes of indulgence and asceticism.
For any Buddhist practitioner, the ultimate purpose of practice is to attain complete enlightenment or Buddahood. To achieve this very lofty goal, we work to cultivate wisdom and accumulate merit, and through this practice we are able to benefit both ourselves and others.
The five precepts are the simplest codification of precepts in Buddhism, yet they are the foundation upon which all the other systems of Buddhist precepts and vows rest.