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Retreat Dharma Talks

Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Sucitto

at Uttama Bodhi Vihara (UBV)

2018-01-28 (10 days) Bandar Utama Buddhist Society

2018-02-02 Evening Q&A 47:22
Ajahn Sucitto
1. Could you say more about the citta? 2. (6:47) I believe you suggested this (the conditions for the citta to understand) is where things have to be undone. Could you explain this please? 3. (31:10) Could you talk about “the patience that crosses over”? 4. (44:00) If you know someone who is very dishonest and a Buddhist, what is the most appropriate way to interact?
2018-02-03 AM - the first 3 fetters 51:45
Ajahn Sucitto
2018-02-04 AM - Cultivate in accordance with ‘sappaya’: what is suitable and fitting - 20m meditation 33:01
Ajahn Sucitto
In meditation we can be confronted with inertia or pushing hindrances. Recommendation is to use physical enactment of energy - bowing, chanting -so you’re not gliding along but rising up into the occasion. Cultivate with a sense of sappāya, that which is appropriate, comfortable, manageable. Finding a frame of reference that can support moving against hindrances with patience and opening. This must be a fundamental aim in meditation. [Instructions end 12:43]
2018-02-04 Aimless walking (instruction with 30 minute silence) 3:43
Ajahn Sucitto
How is walking when there is nowhere particular to go and you want to know how this whole thing operates together? An encouraged skilful means is aimless walking. Frequent pauses to check energies and perceptions, come back into the feet and legs, how does it feel to be in this body now? [Instructions end 3:38]
2018-02-04 AM - The movement and the mover 49:12
Ajahn Sucitto
What is it that moves us? In the business model, getting things done is generally what drives us. It’s not about appreciation the quality of experience, it’s about arriving at an end result. That root perception gets embedded. The nature of kamma is that the root quality of the intention will appear in the action and also appear in the result. Still the mind, and separate out mental intention from body energy. Mental intention sets up the aim, then let the body follow through with action.
2018-02-04 Evening Q&A 37:55
Ajahn Sucitto
1. How would you characterise freedom from sakkayaditthi (personality view)? 2. (18:08) I want to release self-hatred and “not good enough” patterns from an experience with a caregiver in my past that I have been carrying for 14 years. I have had metta towards the memories and the pattern has softened. I want to have metta for the caregiver. Any guidance gratefully received. 3 (32:13) Could you explain further about the body and mind connections?
2018-02-05 AM - The twelve aspects of the Four Noble Truths 63:08
Ajahn Sucitto
An explanation of the Four Noble Truths, what keeps us from realizing them, and how to skilfully work to understand and realize each one. This is described as the rich center of the Buddha’s teachings from which everything else emanates. We are encouraged to contemplate the teachings and understand them for ourselves.
2018-02-05 Evening instructions - letting mindfulness clean the citta (with 35m silence) 6:13
Ajahn Sucitto
Before we know how we are or how we’re feeling, we have a sense of here. That’s the basis for whatever is felt and thought. Find what thoughts we are locking around, then opening, breathing - how is that? Is there acceptance of that? It doesn’t mean approving, but there is knowledge of it. This mood, this feeling, is not to be followed. Rather than opening oneself to critical mind, opening oneself through devotional gesture to awareness. This is keeping your citta clean from specks of kharma that can cause irritation and inflammations. [Instructions end 6:25]
2018-02-05 Evening Q&A 51:42
Ajahn Sucitto
1. Can you please speak about dependent origination; 2.(37:20 What is a skilful way to deal with boredom at work?; 3. (35:47) Question on body meditation; 4. (44:53) Could you talk about death?
2018-02-06 Checking and moderating thought - Guided meditation 61:38
Ajahn Sucitto
Settling into sitting meditation, tracing posture and energy up the back and down the front, spherical breathing from abdomen. [Bell at 38:17] [Instructions at 40:27] Invitation to loosen the intensity and congestion of thought - vaci-sankhāra, that which forms thought energy. Rather than not thinking, take time to formulate what to think about and bring heart qualities into that. This is a dhamma practice.
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