Ajahn Karunadhammo finds that contemplating the Buddha's teachings on not-self settles the mind even in the absence of deep samādhi. In this talk, he describes how the Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta analyzes the five aggregates (body, feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness) as "not I, not mine, not myself" as a strategic teaching to deconstruct the misperception of self rather than as a doctrinal statement. Repeated investigation coupled with tranquility can result in deep insight in which the mind turns away from seeking happiness in the five aggregates. The similes for the five khandas come from the Phena Sutta (SN 22.95). This teaching was given on September 22, 2012 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.
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