Mental Noting

This past Sunday, Zac led the dharma reflection on the practice of noting (also called mental noting or labeling) as it’s taught in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition.

Here are some resources from the discussion:

The Insight Revolution By Erik Braun | Lion’s Roar | November 12, 2013

Full-Stop Mind By Bhante Bodhidhamma| Lions Roar | March 1, 2016

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel Ingram, p. 39 – 40

Definition of Momentary Concentration:
the meditator does not deliberately attempt to exclude the multiplicity of phenomena from his field of attention. Instead, he simply directs mindfulness to the changing states of mind and body, noting any phenomenon that presents itself; the task is to maintain a continuous awareness of whatever enters the range of perception, clinging to nothing. As he goes on with his noting, concentration becomes stronger moment after moment until it becomes established one-pointedly on the constantly changing stream of events. Despite the change in the object, the mental unification remains steady, and in time acquires a force capable of suppressing the hindrances to a degree equal to that of access concentration. This fluid, mobile concentration is developed by the practice of the four foundations of mindfulness, taken up along the path of insight; when sufficiently strong it issues in the breakthrough to the last stage of the path, the arising of wisdom. (

Morning Reflection – The Technique of Labeling | Brian Lesage 2016-10-17
Insight Meditation Society – Retreat Center: Three-Month Part 1