1-Day Emerging Clear Awareness, Sept 24, 2022 9:00–4:00 Pacific Timezone
"The essence of Buddhist meditation, as I understand it, is quite modest: seeing
what is most real in this moment. It’s simple, but not always easy. Clear seeing needs a mind that is relaxed, opened, and uncontrolled. Such a mind-heart has a tendency to
Suzuki Roshi famously mused, “The best way to control a cow is to put it in a large
pasture.” The Buddha said that the causes and conditions that get the cow to wander is tension. The best way to quiet a wandering cow/mind is to befriend it and help it relax.
This daylong Zoom retreat will be a time to help the mind settle. This allows the
natural stillness within us to emerge into organic, non-directed, clear awareness. I like to call this easing awake.”
How to Register
Please RSVP to Judy@easingawake.org. Doug will lead us in comfortable Easing
Awake-style discussions and conversations. Here is the link to the retreat: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82102853736 Will Lister will host the retreat.
Easing Awake Sangha
We look forward to having you join us in this opportunity to be with and learn from Doug. He is officially retired from being our Guiding Teacher, but he does lead our sangha in beneficial discussions the second Tuesday of every month during our regular gathering.
Teacher support: At the end of the retreat you will have an opportunity to offer dāna (donations) to support the teacher, who is not salaried as such. Retreat participants are invited to donate dana to support his hours and years of preparation devoted to research, study, dhamma presentations, mentoring and leading the retreat. Easing Awake and Doug Kraft are grateful for whatever you are able to contribute to make these retreats possible.
Doug teaches meditation and retreats in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his exploration in meditation in 1975 and continues to be just as enthusiastic about it today as he was then. He is a senior student of Bhante Vimalaramsi. Doug studied with other Theravada teachers including John Travis, Ajahn Tong, Larry Rosenberg, Corrado Pensa, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Christopher Titum, Joanna Macy, and Andy Olendski to name a few.
He teaches early Buddhist practices and is recognized as a masterful meditation guide. Doug is a counselor, therapist, and retired Unitarian Universalist Minister who lives with his wife, son, and two cats.
Doug is the author of Befriending the Mind (2019) Meditator's Field Guide (2017) Buddha's Map, (2013), Beginning the Journey, (2013), Circling Home (2010), and Gods and Consciousness (2001).