The purpose of the Inquiry is to help reveal what is ‘beyond’ the empty world of ego, self and various forms of clinging. The procedure:
To invite anyone to come to speak. The person shares his or her experiences. Dialogue gets underway with the use of questions that attend to the person’s concern while quietly probing deeper. No method or technique is involved.
It is a matter of listening and responding wisely with questions or answers. If a person brings out a deeper truth, then to confirm it, and to see if the inquirer is clear about what he or she said.
At any time the Inquiry can come to end with a thank-you. There is a period of two or three minutes of silence before another person is invited to come to speak. An Inquiry may last five minutes or 45 minutes.