chapter  3
14 Pages

Non-Self and Interviews

Satori is the Japanese Buddhist word for understanding and enlightenment. In a sense, Satori includes being able to see the world from the participant's point of view and the ability to illuminate their understanding of that point of view. Zen offers a way of looking at the world that allows working out these muscles of the qualitative researcher and thus leads to understanding a new point of view. Zen also positions to slow down and hear the data, write about it in a contemplative way, and share their understandings. Qualitative researchers have worked diligently to counter the common misconception that, in qualitative research, anything goes. Three key elements of Zen are the concepts of observations being impermanent, interviewing as non-self, and writing as nirvana are helpful in explaining contemplative qualitative inquiry. Using Zen as a metaphor to conduct contemplative qualitative inquiry is a new way of looking at teirr work, thinking and continuing historical record.