retrofuturist wrote:Greetings RYB,rowyourboat wrote:How did you understand the non-self/not-self through your meditation? I think it is something worth talking about as it might point others in a useful direction (no guarantees though!) and is our duty as kalyanamittas. Undestanding non-self does not mean that person is enlightened and not even a stream entrant if I understand the insight knowledges correctly so please feel free to say how you feel.
I observe it indirectly, via anicca.
I could elaborate further, but I'd merely be duplicating what I wrote earlier in this topic...
Anatta as the basis for insight - What object? What benefit?
Yeah... I've been thinking about how I could answer this question. But I find that I can't really articulate my understanding of anatta. I mean, there is the theoretical understanding. But there's also a felt, experiential (pre-theoretical?) understanding of anatta which has slowly developed over time. There's definitely greater appreciation of how fragile and arbitrary any notion of self is. But it is hard to actually put a finger on how I've come to this understanding-experience.
What I can say though, without describing the details here, is that I have experienced anicca intensely during retreats and also more generally in everyday life.