To make a start I’d like to point out that we have different variations of anatta in the Nikayas:
- the SN has most prominently the teachings that khandhas and ayatanas are not-self (SN 22 & SN 35)*
- the AN mostly has anatta-saññā as a practice**
- the MN mostly works with formulas of dis-identification: “This is not my self” (netaṃ mama, nesohamasmi, na me so attā, also in the SN) ***
So even within the Nikayas we apparently have different traditions and perspectives. Where do they intersect with some brahmanical or Jain views?
In BU 4.1 Yajnavalkya rejects other Brahmin views, namely that Brahman was in the senses, the mind, or the heart. In BU 4.4.8 he says:
a man who does not desire - who is without desires, who is freed from desires, whose desires are fulfilled, whose only desire is his self […] brahman he is, and to brahman he goes.
When they are all banished, / those desires lurking in one’s heart;
Then a mortal becomes immortal, / and attains brahman in this world.
BU 4.4.18: The breathing behind breathing, the sight behind sight, the hearing behind hearing, the thinking behind thinking— Those who know this perceive brahman, the first, the ancient.
BU 4.4.22: About this self (atman), one can only say ‘neti, neti’. He is ungraspable, for he cannot be grasped. He is undecaying, for he is not subject to decay. He has nothing sticking to him, for he does not stick to anything. He is not bound; yet he neither trembles in fear nor suffers injury."
BU 4.4.24: this is the immense and unborn self, unaging, undying, immortal, free from fear—the brahman.
.* SN 22.11, SN 22.14-17, SN 22.20, SN 22.42, SN 22.45-46, SN 22.59, SN 22.68, SN 22.76, SN 22.82, SN 22.90, SN 22.122, SN 22.143-145, SN 22.149, SN 23.17, SN 23.23-34, SN 35.1-12, SN 35.43, SN 35.55, SN 35.59, SN 35.78, SN 35.142, SN 35.164, SN 35.174-176, SN 35.183-185, SN 35.192-194, SN 35.201-221, SN 35.224, SN 35.227, SN 35.234
.** AN 1.471, AN 1.476, AN 5.62, AN 5.72, AN 5.304, AN 5.305, AN 6.35, AN 6.104, AN 6.112, AN 6.142, AN 7.27, AN 7.48, AN 7.49, AN 7.616, AN 7.617, AN 9.1, AN 9.3, AN 9.16, AN 9.93, AN 10.56, AN 10.57, AN 10.59, AN 10.60, AN 10.237, AN 10.238
.*** MN 1, MN 2, MN 8, MN 22, MN 28, MN 35, MN 62, MN 109, MN 140, MN 144, MN 148