People come to Zen for many reasons. Some want to relieve stress and improve their emotional and physical well-being. Some seek out Zen as an aid to enhance mental concentration. Sometimes attending Zen practice fulfills a school assignment, and sometimes there is just a curiosity that needs to be met. All of these reasons are important.
Ultimately, however, Zen practice offers a way for each of us to understand ourselves and this world very deeply. From this place of understanding it is possible to respond with wisdom and compassion to all that we encounter.