Contemplating the truth of not-self ~ Ajahn Anan

The most obvious place we can observe and contemplate the truth of not-self, or anatta, is just with our own breath. Anytime we turn our attention to observe the breath, we can see that it is merely carrying on its function. The breath goes in and then it goes out. It arises, it passes away. And that whole process of the breathing is beyond our control, isn’t it?…Anytime we can observe something following its natural function, this is showing us the truth of not-self…if we keep investigating we will gradually come to see the truth.

Ajahn Anan

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