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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.
2017-07-29 11: Walking Meditation 4:14
First establish bodily presence. Notice how the leg lifts and moves. Keep the eyes soft. Experience the wave-like motion - it feels good! Allow what’s been difficult or closed to arise and walk it out.
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2017-07-29 10: Standing Meditation 2: You Can’t Let Go Without Support 8:22
Establish support through feet and legs. Process of letting go can seep upwards through the body. Breathing acts as stabilizing quality.
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2017-07-29 09: Q&A: Am I Wasting My Opportunity Staying As a Lay Person? 45:09
Ajahn Sucitto responds to this question by first reframing it – rather than thinking: here’s the real world, how can I fit my practice into that? Consider: here’s the real practice, what kind of world can I operate in from that place? The reality that’s available to us all, regardless of place or position as monastic or lay person, is refuge. And the real refuge is in your presence. Be a refuge unto yourself.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2017-07-29 15: The Root Perception of Change 35:31
There are many things one can cultivate in meditation. There is craft, what can be learned. And there is art, what can’t be taught. Follow your nose, where’s your interest? Notice the difference between awareness and consciousness. Place an object in space, experience the object with dispassion.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2017-07-29 08: Return, Return, Return 8:35
The energy body is a particular fullness of being – this is citta. As it’s more completed, it becomes less obstructed. Take time to gather and center in the completed citta, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Meditation means to return time and time again.
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2017-07-29 14: It’s Just a Movement 7:22
Puja is a time for offering, for being received into a quality of blessedness and welcome, just as you are. The mind searches for directions – all reasonable, but don’t follow it. Notice the energy of the movement that’s occurring now – no future, no past.
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2017-07-28 07: Standing Meditation 1: Balance – the Place of Least Stress & Most Harmony 6:30
The single most important quality of standing meditation is balance. This is the place of least stress, of most harmony. Guidance is provided to sense into this balance where it’s just the muscular alignment that’s holding you up. Locking places can then relax and release.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2017-07-28 06: A Quality of Deep Attention 52:40
The key to the Buddha’s awakening was his use of appropriate attention. Attention is either grounded in the right place or the wrong place, it’s one or the other. The lens of attention and the attitudes we bring to it are extremely significant. It matters how we are seeing things. Our attention is very potent. Whatever you attend to – doubt or confidence, aversion or goodwill – you’ll get more of it. Attention is an amplifier.
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2017-07-28 05: Put Aside What’s Unnecessary 13:16
The contemplative process is one where you bring to mind simple things and put aside what’s unnecessary, obstructive and irrelevant. Not with aversion, but just noticing that in most of our life we’re moving forward into qualities of pressure, important business, people – but they’re only there because your mind put them there. There doesn’t have to be the drive forward, doesn’t have to be a next. Take time to stop and notice what’s not needed, notice what’s already here.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2017-07-28 04: Walking without Headism 12:43
Ajahn Sucitto addresses a form of bodily discrimiation called “headism.” It says, “I’m on top, everything is secondary to me,” and it drags everything underneath it around. Headism can be overcome by operating through the body rather than through the head. It can be practiced in walking meditation.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery :  Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

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