Zen Noting

In Zen Noting we become one with what we want to notice as.

Basic Instructions: "As _______ there is..."

You can fill in the ______ by deciding what you want to notice as.

Ex. "As compassion there is seeing & opening", "As wisdom there is expansive freedom", "As fear there is clenching & tightness"

Background:

This practice is itself an inspirational mash-up of Genpo Roshi's Big Mind method, especially as its taught by Diane "Musho" Hamilton, and Kenneth Folk's There is Noting. Having done both practices, I saw an opportunity to bridge them together into a new form, which I call "Zen Noting." Like the Just Noting, Just Sitting practice, this is a uniquely Zen-Vipassana hybrid practice. In Zen Noting we become one with what we want to notice as. – Vince Fakhoury Horn

Facilitation Notes:

  • Feel free to encourage people to use double notes (As ___, there is X & Y), or triple notes (As ___, there is X, Y, & Z). Opening up the level of detail in the noting, can yield delightful results.

  • If you want to take the practice deeper, check out the Zen Release Noting sequence.