Title

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Zen Principles for the Qualitative Researcher

Location

3030

Format Type

Workshop

Format Type

Workshop

Start Date

January 2016

End Date

January 2016

Abstract

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry using Zen principles allows for a new way of understanding the world. It carries with it the responsibility of dedication to anti-oppressive practices.

Zen also offers us a way to view the world completely aside from our own Western culture. By bringing sensibilities from Eastern culture, we may open up new ways of thinking, and writing. It calls to mind Albert Einstein’s well know statement, “No problem can ever be solved at the level of awareness at which it was created.” By using Zen as a metaphor think of the potential here.

In this workshop, members will learn about three basic Zen principles: Non- self, impermanence and nirvana as applied to qualitative research practices.

Other frames which help to capture the spirit and meaning of Zen include koan practice and sutra lessons. First, koans, or riddles, offer a way to use metaphor throughout daily life. Likewise qualitative researchers use metaphor on a regular basis. Since koans always teach a lesson certainly there is resonance here with qualitative work. Comparably, sutras are short sayings that refer to a lesson in life.

In this workshop, members will become acquainted with and write about examples in their respective fields that resonate with Zen principles and practice.

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Jan 15th, 10:00 AM Jan 15th, 12:00 PM

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Zen Principles for the Qualitative Researcher

3030

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry using Zen principles allows for a new way of understanding the world. It carries with it the responsibility of dedication to anti-oppressive practices.

Zen also offers us a way to view the world completely aside from our own Western culture. By bringing sensibilities from Eastern culture, we may open up new ways of thinking, and writing. It calls to mind Albert Einstein’s well know statement, “No problem can ever be solved at the level of awareness at which it was created.” By using Zen as a metaphor think of the potential here.

In this workshop, members will learn about three basic Zen principles: Non- self, impermanence and nirvana as applied to qualitative research practices.

Other frames which help to capture the spirit and meaning of Zen include koan practice and sutra lessons. First, koans, or riddles, offer a way to use metaphor throughout daily life. Likewise qualitative researchers use metaphor on a regular basis. Since koans always teach a lesson certainly there is resonance here with qualitative work. Comparably, sutras are short sayings that refer to a lesson in life.

In this workshop, members will become acquainted with and write about examples in their respective fields that resonate with Zen principles and practice.