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Ajahn Sucitto Dhamma Retreat

2018-02-24 (7 days) Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary

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2018-02-28 Reflection on kamma 22:36
Ajahn Sucitto
There is new kamma (action), and old kamma, the results of previous actions. The process of kamma embeds particular habits and perpetuates a sense of self, setting up the model for the future, ongoing becoming. There is also the ending of this kamma process. Ajahn Sucitto describes several skilful means for such cultivation.
2018-02-28 Accept, don't adopt - so wisdom can arise 57:12
Ajahn Sucitto
Accepting the presence of experience means we don’t grab onto it or resist it. Body provides a foundation to process experience rather than storing them up. As you wake up to the body’s intelligence, it gets to work. Mind’s work is to sustain appropriate attention – not adopting, not rejecting, patience and goodwill. Wisdom naturally arises.
2018-02-28 Sympathetic Resonance 48:43
Ajahn Sucitto
That which can be liberated is citta – sometimes translated as mind, heart, awareness. The gateway to citta is feeling. “All dhammas converge on feeling.” But mental feeling is chronically suppressed or ignored because it’s inconvenient. If we enter citta appropriately we have access to that which is deeply agreeable – patience, compassion, goodwill. As a result of this sympathetic resonance, citta can be stimulated to wake up to its own potential. Citta is the only one that can liberate citta.
2018-03-01 An introduction to Dependent Origination 65:08
Ajahn Sucitto
A detailed description of each link in dependent origination with advice and encouragement for coming out of the cycle of delusion. Start by working on avijjā, ignorance. Step out of the speed and blur of conditioning that causes pressure. Once stopped, attention can shift, and something else becomes available. Release from pressure is now possible. [57:58] How do you find mental stability? Citta is what is affected. We can use the body to affect citta with signs of ground, stability and space.
2018-03-01 Guided meditation - Wholesome movements from the heart 16:46
Ajahn Sucitto
(10 m silence) Intentions move from the heart out into the world. Greed moves from the heart and reaches out; hatred moves from the heart and fights with things. We can us the brahmavihāras to cultivate wholesome movements from the heart that offer, nourish, protect and uplift. This will keep our energy clean and clear of disturbance.
2018-03-01 Q&A Citta, samādhi, livelihood 57:46
Ajahn Sucitto
1. What is the difference between citta, mano and viññana; 2. Can you say more about the experience of jhana? Space not content (27:52); 3. (51:44) How can we integrate spiritual practice into worldly life (e.g. in a managerial position)
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