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Retreat Dharma Talks

Rewilding The Mind

2016-05-06 (25 days) Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center

2016-05-15 Respect for the Triple Gem 22:43
Ajahn Sucitto
Offering myself to bring forth citta – awareness. This prepared the ground for skillfulness and the willingness to meet hindrances.
2016-05-15 Cultivating the Measureless leads to release 55:04
Ajahn Sucitto
The ‘measureless’ domains of goodwill are based on disengagement from ill will, fear and desire. Defense against harm changes to protecting the beautiful heart from confused reactions.
2016-05-15 Goodwill- receiving and forming in the domain of metta 48:27
Ajahn Sucitto
2016-05-16 Getting out of the box=rewilding the mind 60:05
Ajahn Sucitto
'Boxes' are our compartmentalized lives& their drives. Drives activated by tanha(craving). In meeting the edges of our boxes as they arise, meeting with metta-karuna etc. these edges can dissolve.
2016-05-17 Five Recollections: Aging, Sickness, Death, Separation and Kamma 23:29
Ajahn Sucitto
Recollecting that these are the planes we get hit by and stuck in. We see the need to resolve old mamma. Meet it with metta-karuna, welcome the dissonances 'home'.
2016-05-17 Meeting dukkha with primary empathy 48:35
Ajahn Sucitto
Resolving dukkha comes through revealing its pain, while having the means to do so. These means are samadhi and primary empathy-these take us beyond the trap of conceiving ourselves.
2016-05-17 Q&A on Faith, on Citta, on Viveka 53:39
Ajahn Sucitto
-The nature of faith in the Triple Gem to replace personality-view. -The nature of citta (pronounced 'chitta')-heart, mind awareness. -The difference between disengagement and unfeeling disconnection.
2016-05-18 Handling the Neurotic: The 5 khandha 66:38
Ajahn Sucitto
Meditation reveals latent tendencies that can spring to life in 'neurotic' ways. To handle these skillfully we use calming, metta and inquiry. Through this these patterns cease.
2016-05-19 Ariyan Practice: Refuge in Vulnerability 34:48
Ajahn Sucitto
Ariyan realization is of moving beyond the personal identity. This is a step into vulnerability. Through meditation training we learn to ‘touch the ground’ -purity of intention- where the person can’t go.
2016-05-19 Opening to Nature- around and within 66:48
Ajahn Sucitto
The world of Nature touches us & teaches us how to relate to ourselves as humans rather than socialized citizens. Integrating this can take us beyond our relations and stuck states to hold our lives in the light of Truth.
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