The Dogzen newsletters and the booklet, Cultivating Naked Awareness, lay out all the Dogzen key ideas. However, these ideas are not meant to just rattle around in our heads as ideas. We want to directly know the nature of mind and cultivate naked awareness so that we can walk around in it. "Directly know" is different from "know about". The latter is done with our intellect, but the former is an experience of unity with what arises in awareness which is not the same as having an idea about something.
Most people need to do a little work to begin to directly know this unity and that is what the Dogzen practices are for. You do some practices for a while and at some point you go, "Oh, I get it!". You take the new awareness into your daily life and work with it. You decide upon it. You cultivate it. You let it work its magic.
The power of Dogzen is its sharp focus on one fundamental truth, the nature of awareness itself. There are a lot of things we can do to get our heads straight, but directly knowing the nature of awareness is a key to all personal growth and spiritual practices. Awareness is intrinsic to all experience. It's our intent to get this part clear at the beginning; then the rest will unfold naturally.
We encourage people to read the Dogzen Newsletters or Cultivating Naked Awareness so their conceptual minds are already in aliignment with what goes on in the evening practices. At the practice, we take a little time to discuss and clarify the basic ideas that are presented in the newsletters.
The heart of the practice is becoming aware of awareness. We give it a try and see if we can directly know the nature of awareness and see if we can relate to life from the base of pure awareness.
Here is some detail about what goes on at the evening practice:
Currently, our schedule of evening practices in Portland is every two weeks. The sessions start at 7:00 PM and go to about 10:00 PM.
After the formal part of the practice session is over, we spend a few minutes discussing what we did, hang out and talk for a little while, and then call it a night.
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