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Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

12-18 February 2020 | Buddhist Retreat Center | Ixopo, South Africa

One of the principle aims of meditation is to experience greater warm-heartedness – towards others and oneself. The absence of this is a major source of suffering, linked to anxiety, depression and mistrust. On this retreat, we will be cultivating the inner strength that supports and protects the heart so that its natural kindness and compassion can illuminate our lives.

2020-02-12 (7 days) Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa

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2020-02-12 Firm Center Open Heart 42:52
Ajahn Sucitto
On this retreat, practices for establishing a firm center and open heart will be presented. Openness can be too vulnerable, we need to know what to filter and what to linger in. Precepts offer a firm center of integrity. The body can be a source of steady and calm. We bring to heart and mind that which is beautiful and aspirational to shift agitated energies. These are our refuges.
2020-02-12 4 Basic Postures 34:43
Ajahn Sucitto
An overview of the 4 basic postures for meditation: sitting, standing [14:00], walking [17:05] and reclining [25:45].
2020-02-12 Guided Meditation: Body Sweeping – Staying Open but Focused 23:07
Ajahn Sucitto
In meditation we use the thinking mind minimally, placing greater emphasis on the listening mind. This guided meditation gives practice in lengthening the listening, lingering mind.
2020-02-13 Direct Practice: Sound Opens the Silence 31:31
Ajahn Sucitto
This is an exercise in direct practice, using sound to train the mind. Making a sound from one’s own voice, we use it to lengthen attention over one particular phenomenon rather than jumping onto the next thing. It opens the silence where the mind is poised, listening.
2020-02-13 Deep Attention – Referencing Uplifting Tones 54:09
Ajahn Sucitto
In any cultivation there is a referencing that occurs. In Dhamma practice we refer back to uplifting tones – integrity, respect, appropriateness. These invite skillful qualities to arise making it possible to unseat demons of violence, greed and efficiency.
2020-02-13 Making the Mind Fit 21:13
Ajahn Sucitto
The nature of mind is what you give attention to will grow. We use recollection to generate uplifting tones in the heart, to increase bright energy. This makes the mind fit to meet afflictive patterns and energies.
2020-02-13 Develop a Forcefield of Goodwill 7:36
Ajahn Sucitto
In recollection we use thought more slowly than usual. Capture the meaning and touch the heart. This is a way to reset the heart, making it strong so it doesn’t go into resentment, grudges and other unpleasant states.
2020-02-13 Hold the Heart Steady against the Push of Ill-Will 43:56
Ajahn Sucitto
The general mode is to change the outside world to please the heart, but this can never satisfy. We practice instead to change the heart, to make it strong enough to withstand the push of ill-will. Refuges include the Triple Gem, brahmavihāras, mindfulness of body and precepts.
2020-02-14 Rising Energies and Tonalities 36:15
Ajahn Sucitto
Citta gets shaped into particular forms based on causes and conditions. Over time it can get locked into distorted forms constricting the natural nature of citta which is flexible, bright and expansive. With a mind of unconditional acceptance, energetic patterns can be cleaned and released through body.
2020-02-14 Liberation and Structures 58:35
Ajahn Sucitto
Our personality patterning can be very intense and driven. We’ve got to build in something that holds it back, slows it down, tames it. We use a combination of structures and tonality to create new patterns, ones that keep us from holding on.
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