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Dharma Talks
2022-01-18 Q&A 41:11
Ajahn Sucitto
00:06 Mind in body or body in mind; 01:31 Citta voice and thinking mind voice – how to bring them together; 03:12 Mind storm leads to confusion, compulsive thoughts; 05:51 Sleeplessness, especially accompanied with anxiety; 08:02 how to ensure qualities like love are not coming from self-centeredness or craving; 11:09 Fear around upcoming surgery; 13:34 Losing the balance of mind when overcome with pain; 20:22 Others means of practice in addition to meditation; 21:59 Practicing meditation with the aim of attaining jhānas; 27:04 Getting a sense of pīti during meditation; 34:55 If there's no self who inherits the karmic residues from past lives; 36:51 discernment vs judgment.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-18 13 meditation: compassion 21:56
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by steadying the body, heart and mind, then cultivating kindness and care in relation to pain
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-18 12 instructions: compassion 11:35
Jill Shepherd
Compassion as the second of the four brahmavihāra practices, building on a foundation of mettā or good will then extending that kindness to meet all forms of pain, stress, distress and suffering
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-18 Presence and Sharing It 57:15
Ajahn Sucitto
Wherever you are, you’re always present. We tend to focus on what we’re present with, the sights and sounds, but what’s the capacity to be present with them? Remove the fear, agitation, craving, imagined hostility of other people – these block presence. Presence is a certain stability, freedom from regret and agitation, goodwill towards myself and others. This is the most peaceful abiding.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-17 11 talk: three characteristics and contemplation of death 37:56
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the universal characteristics of impermanence and not-self, and how these can come together in the contemplation of death to support living with more ease, happiness and peace
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-17 10 intstructions: mindfulness of mind-states 11:22
Jill Shepherd
Bringing awareness to the underlying qualities of mind underneath the content of thoughts and emotions
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-17 Q&A 57:31
Ajahn Sucitto
00:30 Questions about meditation; 16:01 What is awareness of awareness? Difference in mano, manas, citta and viññāṇa; 26:00 How to deal with impatience and restlessness; 30:27 How to know if I’m cultivating well; 31:37 Obsessive compulsive disorder; 36:47 Meditation on the 32 parts of the body; 39:54 When thoughts stop and fade away; 41:10 How to deal with death and loss; 43:20 Standing meditation; 45:02 Easier to recognize some feelings but not others; 48:42 Conditionality, saṇkhāra and the aggregates.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-17 09 meditation: mindfulness of mind and awakening factors 29:59
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by establishing stillness and spaciousness in the body and mind, allowing thoughts to come and go, then tuning in to the underlying qualities of the mind, including the seven factors of awakening
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-17 Aspiration Drives the Vehicle 50:52
Ajahn Sucitto
By and large we’re looking for the ending suffering, for the possibility of bringing forth what’s good. This is the realm of citta, it wishes to do good. This body is just a tool, to do good deeds with, to work with this person, rather than being it. It’s a vehicle to bring forth the good, the true, the beautiful. Don’t be deceived by appearances, this is a transformation. Bring forth your aspiration vehicle.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-16 The Five Recollections and the Cultivation of Metta in Daily Life--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 67:19
Gulwinder Singh
This Dharma Talk reflects on the 5 subjects for frequent recollections (also called the 5 remembrances): (1) I am of the nature to age, I have not gone beyond aging, (2) I am of the nature to sicken, I have not gone beyond sickness, (3) I am of the nature to die, I have not gone beyond dying (4) All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, Will become separated from me (4) I am the owner of my kamma, heir to my kamma, born of my kamma, related to my kamma, abide supported by my kamma. Whatever kamma I shall do for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir. This is offered as a chant as a way to connect the teaching to the heart and the body. The talk then explores the liberative idea of Kamma (Karma) where we have more and more agency through the practice to seed our intentions so that our acts of body, speech and mind are more wholesome, skillful, and leading to the alleviation of suffering for ourselves and others. The talk then explores various strategies for the cultivation of mettā in daily life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

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