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At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

This series of recordings is offered by Ajahn Sucitto as a way to offer connection and encouragement in this time of global lock down.
2020-03-28 (644 days) Cittaviveka

  
2021-05-01 Natural Discipline 37:40
Ajahn Sucitto
Worldly systems and structures keep us filled with activity, leaving us depleted and restless. What’s missing is pausing and discharging that any natural system includes. We can use the natural bodily system to reset body and mind and come into presence. This is where rest and replenishment are found.
2021-05-08 Guided Meditation - Trust the Simplicity of Body Breathing 12:12
Ajahn Sucitto
Instructions to establish an upright, open and relaxed posture, following the natural expanding and subsiding of breathing. This allows the internal aspect of the body to become more apparent. Train the mind to relax its preoccupations and return to the simplicity of body breathing.
2021-05-08 Unshakable Deliverance of Mind 31:41
Ajahn Sucitto
Mind always has some purpose to it. The aim is to keep refining that, keep it from becoming corrupted. Sustain inner awareness and disengagement. The unshakable deliverance of mind is the ultimate goal, not shaken by the circumstances of life, aging, sickness and death. (Sutta reference: MN 29)
2021-05-15 Guided Meditation - Chanting is Your Dhamma Footprint 12:17
Ajahn Sucitto
Chanting is like a subtle yoga. It uses your whole body in a non-straining way. We bring something forth into the world with our voices, and we open awareness to what’s around us, to the persistent flow of mental and emotional arisings. Don’t try to change anything, but receive it all with a kindly devotional heart.
2021-05-15 Enrich Citta to Heal the Person 35:46
Ajahn Sucitto
Citta’s awakening intelligence is in its capacity to know and be touched. Rather than trying to change or complain about our situations, embrace the human condition with the qualities of pure citta and let that do the work. Citta is the most important thing – it’s what suffers, what leads and directs us, and what gets liberated.
2021-05-22 Guided Meditation - Return to the Basis of Citta 13:33
Ajahn Sucitto
Encourage attention to find its way back through the tangle, back to the basis of citta. Sentient, present, withdrawn from the mental landscapes and the personal scenarios. Fully dwelt in, lingered in, citta, in its basis, is happy.
2021-05-22 The Power of Presence 38:16
Ajahn Sucitto
We seek steadiness and happiness from that which is inherently changing and unsteady – the constructed notions of future, past, myself and others. Withdraw from the tangle, acknowledge without getting involved. When you collect your heart with presence and acknowledge the tangle and the stress, there’s empathy rather than agitation. Good qualities naturally arise from that stable empathetic basis.
2021-05-26 Going Forth to the Place of Realization 54:54
Ajahn Sucitto
Mind is always searching – in the personal, social and sensory realms – for solidity and satisfaction. But to find this, we must go forth – set aside the virtual world that we compulsively create and come into presence. This is the place of realization, where we meet what arises with the compassion, goodwill and discernment of the heart.
2021-05-29 Guided Meditation - Fountain of Feeling 17:29
Ajahn Sucitto
The cycle of saṃsara develops from feeling. Perceptions then form that stimulate particular actions that can be stirring, disturbing, exciting. Investigate these from the stillness and stability of presence. What’s needed?
2021-05-29 Q&A 36:05
Ajahn Sucitto
Please explain why you got the COVID vaccine as I am hesitant; can meditation help with IBS; can’t exhale completely because in breath rushes in; does it matter if formal practice/meditation is less; is manas an impediment to citta or can it be used beneficially; how to get over the pain of divorce; how to ask someone to leave a community due to ethical reasons; when desire is abandoned how is avijja eliminated; elaborate on terms samādhi, atammayatā, nibānna.
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