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Satipatthana Sutta: Embodiment and Deconstruction of Sense of Self

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Teacher: Tim Geil
Date: 2016-05-17
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



The Satipatthana Sutta can be seen as a systematic investigation and deconstruction of the sense of self. In the first foundation, this process begins by embodiment. Learning to disengage from a thought and concept driven life and connect to our physical bodies is a vital training. At the same time, we learn to understand and release the layers of identification embedded in our bodies. Paradoxically, we learn to become more intimate with the physical sensations of our bodies yet see that our body does not contain the sense of self.


Re-read the Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10), taking your time and pausing to reflect on the words. Choose one practice from the first foundation to try this week. Reflect on the importance of embodiment. Reflect on the limitations of claiming the body as “I, me or mine.”


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