Anatta: Entry into the Formless

This past Sunday Bobby focused our Sangha’s thoughts on anatta, the concept of no self. Anatta is the doctrine that there is in humans no permanent, underlying substance, that the stories we tell about ourselves to construct an identity are empty and meaningless. We suffer when we perceive ourselves as separate, instead of embracing our connection to everyone and everything. 

To help facilitate and explore the experience of anatta, Bobby presented a guided meditation from Ajahn Punnadhammo entitled “Entry into the Formless”. This guided meditation is based on the Cula-suññata sutta: the Lesser Discourse on Voidness. A link to that guided meditation is forthcoming.

Ajahn Punnadhammo is the abbot of Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Northern Ontario. He has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1979, and was ordained in Thailand in the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in 1992.