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Retreat Dharma Talks

Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

2019-12-15 (10 days) Uttama Bodhi Vihara

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2019-12-15 Orientation and Instructions 63:06
Ajahn Sucitto
Opening instructions to start the retreat: set aside destructive influences, put forth an attitude of kindness and sensitivity, give attention to direct experience.
2019-12-15 Suggestions on Positions and Comfort 5:29
Ajahn Sucitto
We have to support the limitations of this body. Don’t add the unnecessary stress of expecting to keep completely still during meditation. Move the body, sense the whole body, take deep breaths, relax.
2019-12-15 Using the Food Offering Skillfully 12:53
Ajahn Sucitto
The meal offering provides an opportunity for practice. We practice to generate skillful qualities, to restrain the sense faculties, and to find balance in our actions.
2019-12-15 How to Cultivate Samādhi in Walking Meditation 17:27
Ajahn Sucitto
Walking meditation supports the mind to come to a very balanced state. Let unskillful states and attitudes steam off as you walk. What’s left is something bright, warm and comfortable. Let the mind rest in that.
2019-12-15 Sañña and Saṇkhāra Lead to Saṃsāra 67:35
Ajahn Sucitto
A description of the cycle of saṃsāra, from contact, to feeling, to perception (sañña), to habit reaction (saṇkhāra). We remain stuck in this cycle of rebirth. The way out is direct experience at the point of feeling. Unpleasant feeling is discharged through the body.
2019-12-16 Refreshing the Art of Sitting 39:39
Ajahn Sucitto
Finding the right posture when sitting can open up the belly and the chest. Safety is sensed in the belly, receptivity in the chest. When the body is relaxed the mind is happy in its own presence – this is samādhi.
2019-12-16 Q&A 1 60:50
Ajahn Sucitto
Samatha and vipassanā; dullness and hindrances; samādhi for lay people; witnessing cruelty; awareness and mindfulness
2019-12-17 Using Chanting to Steady the Mind 29:28
Ajahn Sucitto
The untrained mind energy is ragged, sluggish and incoherent. With its simple tones and slow, repetitive rhythm, chanting can steady the mind.
2019-12-17 Returning to the Fullness of Human Nature 59:24
Ajahn Sucitto
Human nature is empathic and seeks harmony. The personality structure masks our true nature. It tries to stop and dominate urges and emotions. But the practice is to go directly to feeling. We can use this natural body to help untangled the mind.
2019-12-17 How to Come to the Place of Harmony 67:10
Ajahn Sucitto
We’re driven by craving and it causes suffering. The relinquishment of craving leads to ease and harmony. Dispassionate acceptance of these drives makes liberation possible.
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