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2016-01-09 Group C Interview 2 37:30
  Ajahn Sucitto
1. I seem to lack a real interest even though I was born into the Buddhist religion. I like my mundane happiness / Thai “sabai” sense very much. I feel I am a “half-Buddhist”, but still attracted to something better in spite of my wandering mind. 2. I’ve done a couple of retreats and can focus and watch things come and go but I feel rather tight and uncomfortable in all this. What can I do differently? 3. I get a lot of tension in my shoulder which seems to block my experience and attention; 4. I enjoyed your talk about the Noble Truth of grasping and saw clearly that this is what an “I am” would do. It seems there is a lot for me there to consider ; 5. I am enjoying the venue and the natural surroundings. It seems to aid the experience; 6. I see that things arise and pass and am aware of objects in the mind in meditation. I see my mind has many wandering thoughts and I let them all pass. Is this correct?; 7. Can you say more about how we can note / notice moods or states of mind please?; 8. What are some guidelines for investigating aspects of self, a topic that arose for me in reclining meditation; 9. I try and use my human suffering as my teacher but it gets overwhelming sometimes and I feel trapped as a human. What can I do?; 10. Can you explain about the appearance of lights during meditation? 11. How much attention should I give to nimitas if they appear?

2016-01-09 Day Four Instructional Sit 57:05
  Howard Cohn
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Essential Dharma Meditation Retreat

2016-01-09 Q and A 34:01
  Ajahn Sucitto
What’s the difference between sense consciousness and citta awareness? When making a decision, to what extent should we follow the mind or the heart?

2016-01-09 The Four Noble Truths 43:46
  Ajahn Sucitto
[sound quality poor due to removal of background noise. This talk is truncated by 7 minutes due to excessive noise.]

2016-01-08 This Gift of Awakening 64:21
  Howard Cohn
Following in the footsteps of the Buddha, we see through the illusion of self and the illusion of other. We open our hearts to the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Essential Dharma Meditation Retreat

2016-01-08 A path of healing. 51:19
  Caroline Jones
This talk considers Dharma practice as a path to health and wholeness.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge January 2016 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2016-01-08 Q and A 53:33
  Ajahn Sucitto
Should eyes be open or closed? When? Can you assist with overcoming dullness? What can I do when I lose the breath? How to cultivate loving kindness? When investigating emotion, how deep should we dig?

2016-01-08 Q and A 23:49
  Ajahn Sucitto
What is the difference between vedena and citta? Can we control or direct citta? Or just observe it? [sound quality poor due to removal of background noise]

2016-01-08 Group B Interview 2 67:30
  Ajahn Sucitto
1. How do I take these practices into ordinary life, e.g. dealing with anger and hatred, calming down? Sometimes the breathing gets subtle and lost as a tool; 2. How to restore balance in my approaches? 3. How can I respond when thoughts seem overwhelming? 4. I seem to catch myself frequently anticipating or being judgmental of others and then confirming my negative opinions of them; 5. On this retreat I experienced a type of joy and trembling in the body. What is this? How to deal with it? How can I use it to advantage? Can I expect it to repeat at home? 6. Could it be I actually am attracted to samsara? Renunciation seems a concept I don’t really understand. 7. Do I need to get more disenchanted? Should it be cultivated? 8. I was striving to make relationship with a spiritual friend work but it caused me anxiety and stress. Letting it go was very difficult. 9. Does the citta connect to other cittas? 10. If something is happening and you don’t know what it is, what can you do? 11. Is the citta “the self”? What is it really 12. Please speak about “awareness” and “awareness of citta”.

2016-01-08 Group A Interview 2 25:00
  Ajahn Sucitto
1. Can you expand on the idea of trust?; 2. What do we mean by “acceptance”?; 3. How can I develop a strong will?; 4. What about the shortcomings of being born a householder?; 5. Can you expand on the similarities and difference of citta and mind? Why are the two useful as words?

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