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December 2017 Retreat

2017-12-22 (10 days) Phu Tara Faa

2017-12-25 Revisiting Walking Instructions: Inner dialogue of the body 7:57
Ajahn Sucitto
The soles of the feet are incredibly sensitive, like receptors. Notice when the foot comes to the ground, the sole wakes up: this is firm, this is reliable, space around me. Walking like this is agreeable. (file edit 2023)
In collection: A Moving Balance
2017-12-26 Morning Instructions: Awakening to Reality 49:37
Ajahn Sucitto
Reality is the witnessing and getting perspective on the changeability and relativity of existence. Begin to recognize kamma (causes and effects) and where it goes, and the “me” package.
2017-12-27 Morning Puja - Finding and Using Our Inner Temple 20:21
Ajahn Sucitto
Puja gives the occasion for meaningful ritual. We can lift up and direct recollections to brighten and soothe the dull, agitated heart. That good heart becomes your refuge and guide.
2017-12-27 Morning Instructions - Using the Day for Cultivation 45:42
Ajahn Sucitto
Formal meditation is helpful, but we need to cultivate careful attention throughout the day. Use mind skilfully to bond attention in the body. Notice the body’s own intelligence. Attention becomes less like a scientist, more like a healer – the good friend.
2017-12-27 Standing Meditation: Awaken the body’s intelligence 25:21
Ajahn Sucitto
The body can self-reference. It knows when it’s in balance, what upright is, and can relax what’s not needed. When the physical form becomes comfortable, bring attention to the bodily mood. Mind can pick up tones of firm, open, confident from the body.
2017-12-27 Evening Talk with Sharing and Aspirations Chant: Purification is the aim 1:10:02
Ajahn Sucitto
Energy is affected by intention. If we approach meditation with an intense need to calm and find a focus, we probably won’t be able to. This very aim affects our breathing and sense of ease. Make the aim about purification, letting things be how they are without getting intense about it.
2017-12-28 Morning Instructions- Unification 54:11
Ajahn Sucitto
Agitation is a result of favoring and opposing experience. Meditation is about bringing body, heart and mind together to meet experience without favoring or opposing. Hindrances can be cleared from this unified place.
2017-12-28 Evening Talk Bhavana 33:15
Ajahn Sucitto
Bhāvanā is a cultivation of heart and mind, right motivation and right view. It’s understanding the process of dhammas, not getting involved in content, knowing what’s taking me into my habits. This brings a sense of strength, groundedness and self-respect.
2017-12-29 Morning Puja (with 30 min meditation) 54:17
Ajahn Sucitto
The beauty of chanting is you feel it in your heart and body, giving words another dimension. It’s not just the abstract chattering of an isolated head that doesn’t feel what it’s talking about.
2017-12-29 Morning - Respect Brings Warmth 48:16
Ajahn Sucitto
Respect means allowing things to be as they are. We developing respect towards others in community and towards ourselves, our body. Practice by tuning into the subjective sense. This heart intention is naturally holistic, inclusive.
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