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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks
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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.
2016-01-09 The Four Noble Truths 43:46
[sound quality poor due to removal of background noise. This talk is truncated by 7 minutes due to excessive noise.]
2016-01-08 Q and A 53:33
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
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
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
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?
2016-01-08 Standing meditation 37:38
vitaka, vichara; assessing the feelings; breathing and lengthening
2016-01-08 Morning talk - Guided meditation 32:01
the intelligence of citta responding to the needs of the puja; noticing (vitaka) and getting into the flow (vichara) sampling, assessing, appreciating, snuggles in - like trying on new clothes; the result is piti (a refreshing lifting up) and the citta appreciates this; these are the factors and not the object(s) of Samadhi; how does your citta fit in your body?; posture and balance can trigger it; feel it and adjust the two experiences – adjusting to it and sensitivity to it; can be sensed (a visual sense) and feel it (tactile) and can adjust between the two of these to be with it; thoroughly sensitive to it; calming any excitement or over eagerness with the breath; noticing the experience and noticing the noticing; sensitive to the mind consciousness, its objects; we are aware that we are aware; objects releasing by themselves
2016-01-08 Morning Chanting – English 10:58
2016-01-07 Group D Interview 1 66:37
1. Noticing subtler states of mind as they arise; 2. Can you talk more about what citta is and how we can feel it. Understanding the concept of citta; 3. How to investigate states of the citta; 4. Dealing with being drawn into objects as they arise in the subtle mind; 5. When the noting dissolves into planning and thinking; 6. Getting overwhelmed with thinking and going into dullness; 7. Forgiveness
2016-01-07 Group C Interview 1 40:09
1. The Wandering Mind; 2. Dealing with physical pain; 3. Dealing with fear, 4. Energy; 5. Moving into Daily Life, open eyes ad normal mode

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