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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks
Ajahn Sucitto
As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.
2021-03-27 Rest Intention through Embodiment, Dhamma Stream Live Puja 33:43
Intention is the basis for action, giving shape to what we do and who we become. Conditioned intentions around beliefs, work and security cause stress. The process of meditation takes us into the somatic domain, to the roots of the mind. Here intentions and reflexes can be reset to be lighter, more flexible and comfortable.
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2021-03-27 Breaking Out of the Box 43:33
Conditioned by ignorance, we can end up concocting the very scenarios we feel trapped in. The citta leaves its own center and gets stuck in conditions. Samādhi gives us the possibility of disengaging from the tangles, and allowing wisdom to be directed to the heart of the problem – ignorance and outflows. This directed wisdom can dismantle the box we unconsciously create for ourselves.
Cittaviveka 2021 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2021-03-27 Dhamma Stream Guided Meditation – Jhāna is Based on Disengagement 11:57
Properly establishing jhāna begins with disengagement. With eyes slightly open, downcast, poised between the inner and outer world, widen attention. Open up sensitivity of awareness without focusing on any particular object, attentive to the qualities that sustain that cool balance.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down
2021-03-26 The Place Where the Floods Don’t Go 39:02
The untrained mind is always half crazy. Citta has left the safety of its home and is affected by conditions and circumstance. But it can be trained to turn back to immovable ease, to remain in the place where the floods and tides of suffering don’t go.
Cittaviveka 2021 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2021-03-25 How to Not Go Crazy 41:31
On account of the untrained citta, consciousness is skewed – its input is unstable, unsatisfactory, doesn’t fit. It can make one feel crazy. How to get free? In meditation we practice disengagement, the possibility to be ‘with it’ rather than ‘in it’. Lingering in that space, what can arise is action based on sanity, that comes from a trained and healthy citta.
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2021-03-24 The Work of Ease 40:23
It’s a natural inclination for citta not to suffer, but it’s confused, it needs to be trained. Citta can turn away from the tangles of ignorance towards signs that produce ease. Training with nimbleness and flexibility, citta becomes grounded, stable, not easily knocked over, easily handling what comes its way.
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2021-03-23 Open the Centre, Reset the Boundaries 35:56
Meditation is often approached from the standpoint of a person who ‘does’ the meditating. This self view is not a position that will give rise to calm or release – it’s the condition we want to be released from. Meditation can be used to change the ways we attend that form the separate self. Eventually the steadiness of mindfulness, rather than the ‘I am’ sense’, can become the orientation.
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2021-03-22 The Happy Misfit 41:04
Citta jumps and rushes towards experience it thinks will bring security. It’s a compulsion, an addiction. But citta can turn, starting with disengagement, then stabilizing and calming. Settle into the happiness of these effects, and you have a good foundation to eliminate the irrational drives and compulsions that cause suffering.
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2021-03-21 Opening into Consciousness 38:01
In meditation we rest into what’s always here. Like dropping a net into the river and seeing what we catch, we simply take note with awareness, deep listening and open presence. Use structures and qualities as a skillful tetherings, to turn citta away from the complexity of stimulation, activity and abstraction. When energies are no longer running out, citta settles in itself. This is samādhi.
Cittaviveka 2021 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2021-03-17 Guided Meditation – Filtering the Flood 52:55
In meditation we practice viewing the stream of circumstance from the place of acknowledgement. Let the stream flow past without getting into the details. Centering practices of body, presence, ethics and heart strengthen the possibility to shift attention from the outflows to here.
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