constant noting

On the cultivation of insight/wisdom
Post Reply
befriend
Posts: 1104
Joined: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:39 am

constant noting

Post by befriend » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:32 pm

has anyone done this, in the mahasi method, noting your experiences all day long? will the mind get tired? is it only for advanced meditators? thank you, metta, befriend
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life

User avatar
bodom
Posts: 5842
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: constant noting

Post by bodom » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:09 pm

Constant and continues noting from my understanding is only to be undertaken in intensive retreat type setting and not for use during fast paced modern daily life.. There are others here though that are far more experienced in the mahasi method such as mikez who could shed more light on this topic.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

User avatar
daverupa
Posts: 5980
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:58 pm

Re: constant noting

Post by daverupa » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:25 pm

I am also not a practitioner of noting, but I had understood it to be a tool rather than a comprehensive practice. In other words, it can help to reign in the mind, but when it does that the noting is done and one proceeds mindfully with other tools.
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

User avatar
mikenz66
Posts: 15196
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:37 am
Location: New Zealand

Re: constant noting

Post by mikenz66 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:29 pm

Hi befriend,

As bodom says, it's possible, and extremely useful, to do noting continuously on a retreat. It can be usefully done through certain everyday tasks, those that are mostly physical. However, it's going to get in the way of tasks requiring conceptual work (reading, writing, studying, etc).

I made some comments about this here:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 40#p169548" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
One interesting observation came out when I asked [my teacher] about how to maintain mindfulness in "normal life". His reply I reword/summarise as:
  • The point is not so much to be trying to take techniques from those suitable for retreat training in continuity of mindfulness, etc, but to use the wisdom gained from retreat training.
i.e. on retreat one can carefully observe to determine what is skilful (or not). That's ideally what one should be doing at all times. Techniques such as doing everything slowly and deliberately are not so practical in normal circumstances, but its the quality of observation, rather than some particular technique, that needs to be carried over.
:anjali:
Mike

befriend
Posts: 1104
Joined: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:39 am

Re: constant noting

Post by befriend » Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:00 am

thanks all.
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life

User avatar
purple planet
Posts: 653
Joined: Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:07 am
Location: Israel

Re: constant noting

Post by purple planet » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:32 am

Hi this makes me wonder -

when i walk for instance in daily life - is it better to just label -" touching " when hitting the floor - or just note everything ?

because i ue labeling when i meditate - i thought that using a bit labeling in daily life is better - if i can - so when i walk i dont label all moves but just 1 the touching so maybe its better not to label ?
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

User avatar
mikenz66
Posts: 15196
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:37 am
Location: New Zealand

Re: constant noting

Post by mikenz66 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:37 am

There is no unique answer to any technique question. Try some different options and see what works best for you.

:anjali:
Mike

Uilium
Posts: 26
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:08 pm

Re: constant noting

Post by Uilium » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:29 am

befriend wrote:has anyone done this, in the mahasi method, noting your experiences all day long? will the mind get tired? is it only for advanced meditators? thank you, metta, befriend
you just begin by noting what you can because in the beginning the mind wanders a lot and like anything you get better at it,more advanced so your mind will wonder less and this leads to insight. IF you are tired of noting then you should note the tiredness. We need to see what happens when we don't get what we want. So ITS have heard. So ITS have experienced...sorry if this post is a little shaky but Im a little under the weather.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: altar, arpansharma1, Goofaholix, Google [Bot], retrofuturist and 4 guests