2018-05-05 six week study course – Exploring Anatta: constructing and de-constructing the sense of self

NOTE: this course is intended for people with some previous meditation and study experience – eg have attended at least one nine-day insight meditation retreat, and are familiar with core Buddhist teachings such as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness


Week One – Anatta/not-self in context

Week 1 Short guided meditation: Mindfulness of the body and breathing

15 mins

A 15 minute guided meditation as preparation to start the course

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/49819/


Week 1 Talk 1: Context of the three universal characteristics

12 mins

A brief overview of the three universal characteristics: anicca/impermanence, dukkha/unsatisfactoriness, anatta/not-self

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/49820/


Week 1 Talk 2: Anatta or not-self

13 mins

A short introduction to anatta or not-self, with instructions for doing a written exercise exploring the sense of self

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/49821/


Week 1 Resource Sheet

Contains guided meditations, further reading, and suggestions for practicing at home

2018-05-05 six-week course – Week 1 resource sheet



Week Two – Dukkha and the five clinging-aggregates

Week 2 Short guided meditation: Mindfulness of the body and physical sensations

15 mins

A 15 minute guided meditation exploring physical sensations in the body

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/49935/


Week 2 Talk: Dukkha and the five clinging-aggregates

24 mins

Dukkha as the second of the three universal characteristics; its relationship to the five “clinging-aggregates” and ways that we commonly cling to or identify with the body

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/49936/


Week 2 Practice: The impermanent and not-self nature of the body

17 mins

Guided dyad (pairs) practice, exploring physical sensations in the body (three minutes each), then an example of a time when you became aware of the body’s impermanent, unreliable and not-self nature

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/49937/


Week 2 Practice: Guided contemplation of death practice by Bhikkhu Analayo

39 mins

Instructions and short guided contemplation of death practice offered by Bhikkhu Analayo
Guided meditation starts at 22 mins


Week 2 Resource Sheet

Contains guided meditations, further reading, and suggestions for practicing at home

2018-05-12 six-week course – Week 2 resource sheet



Week Three – Feeling-tone / Vedana 

Week 3 Short guided meditation: Mindfulness of feeling-tone / vedana

30 mins

Mostly silent meditation, with occasional instructions to explore unpleasant, pleasant, and neutral feeling-tones

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/35595/


Week 3 Talk: Feeling-tone / Vedana as the second of the five clinging-aggregates

14 mins

Investigating the three qualities of feeling-tone / vedana, how they can condition the three afflictive energies of greed, hatred and delusion, and how these can form into the three personality types

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/50083/


Week 3 Resource Sheet

Contains guided meditations, further reading, and suggestions for practicing at home

2018-05-19 six-week course – Week 3 resource sheet


Week Four – Perceptions, Formations, Consciousness 

Week 4 Guided meditation: Mindfulness of breathing, body, sounds, mental activity

26 mins

Bringing awareness to the breath, physical sensations, sounds, thoughts and emotions

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/48158/


Week 4 Talk: The third, fourth and fifth of the five aggregates

13 mins

An overview of the aggregates of perception, mental formations, and consciousness, plus a brief introduction to the Insight Dialogue guideline of Attune to Emergence

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/50174/


Week 4 Resource Sheet

Contains guided meditations, further reading, and suggestions for practicing at home

2018-05-26 six-week course – Week 4 resource sheet


Week Five – Self, not-self and self-compassion

Week 5 Talk: Five aggregates, mindfulness and compassion 19 mins

A recap of how the five aggregates combine to form self, and how mindfulness and compassion can help reduce clinging to that self

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/50379/


Week 5 Short guided meditation: Self-compassion 14 mins

A short guided meditation cultivating compassion for oneself and others

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/50380/


Week 5 Resource Sheet

Contains guided meditations, further reading, and suggestions for practicing at home

2018-06-02 six-week course – Week 5 resource sheet


Week Six – Anatta and Nibbana

Week 6 Talk: Anatta, not-self and Nibbana 19 mins

Non-grasping as the connection between anatta and Nibbana

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/50616/


Week 6 Resource Sheet

Contains guided meditations, quotes, and further reading

2018-06-09 six-week course – Week 6 resource sheet