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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat

May 1-31, 2019
2019-05-01 (31 days) Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

  
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2019-05-02 Using Body to Train the Mind 20:43
  Ajahn Sucitto
The primary sense of settling doesn’t come from the mind but from embodiment. So, calm and soothe the somatic energies of the body by resonating the meanings of ‘safe’ and ‘welcome’. This is how one uses the body to train the mind, and aspiration to settle the body.
2019-05-03 Our Place of Practice Is Direct Knowing 39:34
  Ajahn Sucitto
Dhamma practice is the channel for direct experience: that which is entered through the door of feeling. This is not the ‘mental’ knowing: the somatic sense responds to feeling. Your place of practice is this direct ‘feeling-knowing’ – pājānati – through mindfulness of the body.
2019-05-03 Standing Meditation: Grounded and Firm, Yet Supple and Fluid 26:20
  Ajahn Sucitto
A guided meditation to fully feel the body, filling out the length, width and thickness of the entire bodily form. This upright yet relaxed posture is firm and allows energy to freely flow.
2019-05-03 Discharging Dukkha 56:53
  Ajahn Sucitto
Residues of the heart empty into the body and its vitality gets clogged. We tend to recycle the damage, returning to the scene of the crime, trawling the residues that haven’t discharged as resentment, unworthy, the need to be something else. To discharge this dukkha, we use the somatic field, which gives an energetic release. A mind of goodwill – patient and loving acceptance – will ease the process.
2019-05-03 Breathing Forms the Body 14:34
  Ajahn Sucitto
What is the body? Not the picture of it but the direct experience of it. Referring to instructions given in the Ānāpānasati Sutta, guidance is given to directly experience the body in its diverse manifestations of energy, feeling and sensation. Breathing in, breathing out, allow the process to occur at its own rate and stay with what’s unfolding for you.
2019-05-04 Where There Is No Faith There Is No Practice 38:27
  Ajahn Sucitto
Fabricated formations, such as clock time, are useful for some things but not for liberation. Use the ritual of puja to transcend circumstantial reality; recognize there is a place in citta to stand outside of self – in faith and devotion. The belief that an end to suffering is possible is the initiator of Dhamma practice. Where there is no faith there is no practice.
2019-05-04 Standing Meditation for Energy and Vitality 22:33
  Ajahn Sucitto
When standing we don’t stand stiff, but fluid. Balanced posture and alignment allow muscles to release so energy can move through the form in a supportive way. Over time we become supported by the body’s energy rather than its muscles.
2019-05-04 Do What Will Undo 49:51
  Ajahn Sucitto
How to peel off the layers of saṅkhāra? Do with an intent to undo. Although we unconsciously give energy to our hindrances and programs, if we withdraw energy and interest, they wither. This is right effort. When citta is cleared of hindrances and is no longer pulled out into the abstract, it gains its own strength and you can trust it.
2019-05-04 Notes on Ānāpānasati 40:06
  Ajahn Sucitto
Referring to the text, see what’s not there – there’s no mention of one-pointed attention. This is a common misunderstanding. Consider instead a one-pointed intention, to bear in mind, and return again and again to the process of breathing.
2019-05-05 Open the Heart to the Beautiful and Good 1:17:50
  Ajahn Sucitto
Cultivate the quality of intention rather than objects of attention. Intention is broader, it encompasses everything. Correct intention neither holds on, nor resists. The quality of anukampā – primary sympathy – from which mettā arises. Puja acts as an emblem, it resonates meanings that open the heart. Beyond the physical body or personal state, rise up to the sign of the beautiful, worthy, admirable and the good.
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