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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.
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2017-09-17 08 Relational Experience I Am 43:25
Fundamentally, there’s the me bit and the other bit, it’s always the case. Other is always a part of our experience. Rather than giving attention to the other, practice with recognizing what the other signifies and what it activates in me. Come to know your programs. Without solving, fixing or changing, embody the activated energies and feelings to release negative patterns. [instructions for activity at 37:48]
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-17 07 Guided Meditation – Sensing the Body in Layers 40:29
In standing posture, begin with sensing the whole form – what’s around that and what’s in that. Body can be sensed in layers, starting with a basic sense of presence. Cultivate safety and well being as the fundamental state. Note expressive and receptive parts of the body, subtle energies and emotional passageways. [18:50 transition to sitting posture] Access the most primary level of “I am”, the sense of being a distinct object. It’s an impression, not a reality. There cannot be a sense of other separate from that which is experiencing it. Establish signals of empathy, before the names and people get configured. Try sustain mostly this level, not to move into the more configured personality yet. Often the personality is developed specifically to censor and not feel the early signals. Rather, stabilize those, and as gently as possible moderate or refrain from the personal.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-17 06 Staying in Touch with the “I” before the “Am” 52:07
Many of us are susceptible to certain perceptual signals that communicate codes of obligation and pressure. Citta becomes secondary to these signals and we lose our sense of wholeness, balance and presence. The advice is to pause and check in with the subjective sense, the “I” before the “am”. In the pause, feel your body, use it as refuge. Maintain whole body presence. As you come into wholeness its energies can change; activations can be retrained, inclinations and impressions can be transformed, and we can stop going back to our “I am” habits.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-16 05 Guided Meditation – Ground as a Reference Point 26:34
Beginning with standing position, take time to sense the space around that is non-intrusive, safe. Allow the visual field to be there, just not focused. Strengthening from the ground up, through the arch of the foot, and sending signals down, rooting. The progress of movement is one of experiencing greater vitality and presence, not dragging or pushing things. It’s a very spacious relationship. [13:23 invitation to change postures] Maintain the reference points – head, belly, feet. Hold the head lightly – many energies run through the head, keep it clearly centered. If you feel yourself losing it, go back to the feet, belly. When you do feel centered you can maintain a center – that’s the most important thing.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-16 04 Sense of Self 19:39
The sense of orientation is a requirement, and it brings up the sense of self. It generates relationally, in response to objects, others, memories, etc. Generally that “me” sense is a set of mental impressions, not something fixed or solid. In relational context, the theme then is to maintain a sense of presence, establish primary reference, and use the body to get a feeling for that.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-16 03 Standing Meditation – Whole Presence & Balance 23:11
Standing posture is in between sitting and walking. Standing immediately asks for whole presence and balance. These are great reference points – losing these throws us into structures of identification. [Walking instructions begin 18:37] Sustain sense of embodied presence. Notice tendencies to engage with eyes, pull with head, lose parts of the body. The whole body walks as space opens around your body.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-16 02 Guided Meditation – 3 Reference Points: Presence, Whole, Balance 29:32
Guidance to sense into the 3 reference points, something the body knows but mind doesn’t. Amplify the sense of here-ness, lessen the sense of place and time. A here that’s always here, lessening engagement with what’s not always here. Best done in the experience of body.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-09-16 01 Self Is an Addition to What’s Already Here 21:36
The fundamental unit of existence is “me” and we try to fill in this existence, “myself”, the center that orients my actions. It’s a relief to understand what the Buddha taught about not self. The mind creates entities, fixed objects. In meditation we can see they’re not fixed at all, just resonances. Simpler, but brings in errors that cause suffering and stress. It’s possible to drive a wedge between perception and activation, before the fixity sets in.
London Insight :  "I" without "Am" … the Open Field of Mind
2017-07-30 18: Closing Talk – You Never Go Back, You Always Go Forward 4:27
The time to close retreat also means time to open boundaries. Retreat ends, but your awareness doesn’t. Always move forward in a way that keeps you alive and progressing.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2017-07-30 17: Qigong Exercises 2 32:33
Sensing space around; waterfall; standing like a tree; string puppet; separating earth and sky; standing in the ocean
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

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