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2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 1: Introduction and Overview 45:58
  Donald Rothberg
The teaching of anattā (“not-self”) points to one of the three fundamental areas of liberating insight taught by the Buddha (along with the teachings on impermanence and on suffering or dukkha). Yet anattā can very challenging and confusing for contemporary practitioners. Is there “no self” (as anattā is sometimes translated)? How do we make sense of our feelings of individuality, identity, ancestry, and vocation? How do we address our own personal experiences of woundedness, trauma, and oppression? Are these all simply to be “transcended”? How is a sense of self actually in many ways important for contemporary spiritual development, and how is working with our own individual conditioning, whether psychological or social in origin, central to our liberation? How do we integrate attending to such conditioning with opening as well to the power and energy of experiences beyond the habitual sense of self? In this daylong, we will explore these vital questions primarily in a practical way. Using the metaphors of “thinning the self” and working with a “thick” sense of self, we will cover three aspects of practice: (1) cultivating, in several ways, the “thinning” of the self, both in meditation and in everyday life, including working with the Five Skandhas or “aggregates” of experience; (2) tracking and working with different manifestations of a “thick” sense of self, both as appearing in experience and as hidden to awareness; and (3) opening to experiencing beyond a fixed sense of self, as awareness, compassion, and responsiveness deepen.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 5: Not-Self & The Five Skandhas 13:28
  Donald Rothberg
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 4: Guided Meditation on the Five Skandhas 41:10
  Donald Rothberg
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-07-27 Disentangling Self-1 67:49
  Akincano Marc Weber
Background of Teaching on anattatā - dimensions of impersonality - psychological models of self and possible confusions
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge June 15 to July 31 2015 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2015-07-22 Distortions of Perception, Mind & View 51:17
  Anushka Fernandopulle
Vipallasa Sutta: Understanding perception and the ways in which we have errors in understanding of the three characteristics (anicca, anatta, dukkha) and asubha that keep us spinning in delusion. Doggies and empty boats.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Insight Meditation Retreat

2015-06-18 From Insight Practice to Spacious Awareness 60:49
  Donald Rothberg
We examine practicing with the Three Characteristics, particularly with Dukkha (suffering) and anatta (not-self). Then we explore "spacious awareness," a type of non-conceptual awareness beyond the splits of knower and known, particularly in the teachings of the Buddha and the Thai Forest tradition, with some reference to Tibetan and Zen traditions. Thirdly, we outline a number of ways to access this kind of awareness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center From the Breath to Spacious Awareness

2015-06-04 Insight Meditation: The 3 Characteristics 52:42
  Tempel Smith
Beyond developing samadhi and mindfulness, we can turn our attention to developing liberating insight. While these are many insights that can come through meditation, the insight around anicca (change), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness) and anatta (non self) address our compulsion to crave and cling.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Essential Teachings of the Path of Awakening

2015-03-24 Thinning the Self - Practicing with Anatta (Not-Self) 60:53
  Donald Rothberg
After some reflections on some of the reasons why anatta (not-self) can be confusing, we explore especially how to practice with anatta: (1) opening to a sense of flow increasingly without a sense of self; (2) exploring the many ways in which there is a "thick" sense of self, both appearing in experience and sometimes hidden to immediate experience; (3) further meditative ways to "thin" the self; and (4) ways of thinning, especially as our practice deepens, the "meditative self."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat

2015-02-15 Morning Instructions 62:47
  Anushka Fernandopulle
Taking refuge, remembering compassion, seeing impermanence, not self, unsatisfactoriness, (3 characteristics - anicca, anatta, dukkha)
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Heartfelt Wisdom: Insight and Lovingkindness Retreat

2015-01-21 The Thinning of the Self 63:55
  Donald Rothberg
Insight into "not-self" (anatta) is one of the core aspects of wisdom. After briefly reviewing some of the challenges of understanding anatta, we look at four practical ways to explore anatta, through focusing on 1) everyday and meditative experiences of "flow", 2) studying the "thick" or strong sense of self when it appears, 3) practicing in other ways to "thin" the self, and 4) opening to awareness without a sense of self or identification with the contents of experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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