Class, Bethesda

Class, Bethesda

Donald Rothberg River Road Unitarian

Donald Rothberg

6/13/2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM at River Road Unitarian, (6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20817) (Map It)

Guest teacher: Donald Rothberg

Topic: Thinning the Self

The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”)

The teaching of anattā (“not-self”) points to one of the three fundamental areas of liberating insight taught by the Buddha (along with the teachings on impermanence and on suffering—or dukkha). Yet anattā can be very challenging and confusing for contemporary practitioners. How we make sense of our feelings of individuality and identity, or of our personal wounds and traumas, or experiences of oppression? Do we simply “transcend” all of this? How do we combine attending to our own conditioning with opening to experiences beyond the habitual sense of self?

In this talk, we’ll explore these questions in a primarily practical way by pointing to how we can, both in formal meditation and in daily life, (1) open to a sense of the flow of experience, increasingly “thinning” our sense of self; (2) track the many ways in which there is a “thick” sense of self, sometimes apparent, sometimes more hidden; and (3) open to stable ways of experiencing beyond a fixed sense of self, as awareness and compassion deepen.


Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. This class includes 1/2 hour of Vipassana meditation instruction and guided meditation followed by an hour-long dharma talk. This is a large gathering of approximately 250-300 people.

ASL interpreterNo registration is necessary.

ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreting up to once per month can be requested for this class at least 3 weeks in advance. Please email IMCW, if you are interested.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend IMCW classes. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

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Class manager: Glen Harrison

Getting to/from RRUUC

To: Metrobus T2 (12 min. trip) from Friendship Heights Bus Bay J at 6:45 or 7:15 p.m. to River Rd. & Whittier stop

From: Metrobus T2 (10 min. trip) from River Rd. & Winston stop at 9:05, 9:35 or 10:35 p.m.

At the beginning of each class we ask who needs a ride and match with a back to a Metro stop (or sometimes home, if the driving class member is able).

Parking: There are approximately 100 parking slots in the RRUUC parking areas and overflow may park legally on the street. Please honor the handicapped parking spaces, please do not park in reserved parking spaces, do not park in wooded areas outside of defined spaces, do not park in designated fire lanes, and do not block neighbor's driveways (leave 5 feet on each side). Thank you!

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