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Retreat Dharma Talks

Living, Dying and Liberation

An international community retreat conducted online via Zoom. Live from Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery to the world.

2020-12-15 (6 days) Cittaviveka

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2020-12-15 Opening - Ethics and Meditation 21:16
Ajahn Sucitto
Introduction to online format and schedule, encouragements for how to practice and make the most of these circumstances.
2020-12-15 Introduction to Precepts 8:06
Ajahn Sucitto
The fundamental citta sense is an ethical sense. We try to encourage that with precepts. This is how we align ourselves to citta.
2020-12-15 Sīla Practice 15:36
Ajahn Sucitto
Precepts are what most skillfully link citta to the world of sense contact. Without this ethical sense, citta runs out and gets into damaging circumstances. Precepts are the way you communicate the Dhamma through your actions into the world.
2020-12-15 Samādhi Practice 33:14
Ajahn Sucitto
With the sīla practice in place, we give attention to samādhi practice – finding our center within the world of sense contact. From this steady place we are present, witnessing, attuning to how citta is touched by it all.
2020-12-15 Strengthen Heart within the Mind 22:10
Ajahn Sucitto
Citta requires strength to meet the afflictive perceptions and meanings that compress it. Shutting down and distracting ourselves is understandable, but inadequate. Cultivation of spiritual faculties gives citta tools and capacity to meet phenomena with compassion and skillful action.
2020-12-15 Centring Meditation 15:08
Ajahn Sucitto
Tune into the capacity to open and be sensitive. Listen in a feeling way to the pulses, tinglings, warmth of the body. Everything that resonates in your heart is felt directly in the body. Stay with awareness and allow feelings and emotions to shift, move, be ventilated and pass.
2020-12-15 Recollection - Skilful Thought 11:19
Ajahn Sucitto
It’s important to learn to feel our thoughts. When thoughts are felt, there’s an instinctive filtering for true, uncluttered, undistracted thoughts. Chanting gives us a way to practice with this.
2020-12-16 Q&A -body postures, vipassana, jhana 43:13
Ajahn Sucitto
2020-12-16 Empathy and non-clinging 40:27
Ajahn Sucitto
The clinging reflex constricts citta, causing the loss of intelligence and sensitivity. Allowing things to shift and change lets us live more harmoniously and respectfully. In meditation, practice bringing attention back to the entire body, not fixating on any one point. Where citta and body come together, the all-encompassing world can be reviewed with goodwill and compassion.
2020-12-16 Receiving Oneself 7:40
Ajahn Sucitto
How do we heal the wounds and bruises of self? Recognize what is met: perception, contact, a cascade of memories. Don’t go into the stories, don’t try to fix or change anything. Let the feelings surge and move through your embodiment. Soften, widen, let citta do its work – keep the personality to one side.
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