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Open Stability

Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto August 6-10. To be stable in oneself and yet be open to others and to change, is an aspiration for any well-intentioned person.

2021-08-06 (5 days) Sunyata Buddhist Centre

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2021-08-06 The guardians of open stability 48:57
Ajahn Sucitto
The basis of citta (heart-awareness) can be touched by using the thought “it’s like this now”. We can rely on the 5 indriyas to be as allies and guardians; they protect us from reactivity and from running away from our authentic heart.
2021-08-06 Meditation on the axis 5:22
Ajahn Sucitto
Some brief suggestions on working on posture to sharpen one’s sitting meditation.
2021-08-06 Moving out of meditation 6:22
Ajahn Sucitto
A practice of lingering and noticing what has passed has an open and steadying effect. This is an aspect of mindfulness: to not rush onto the next thing but notice what’s there. This is where samadhi arises. Give yourself a set period of time while meditating, then make the movement out of meditation free and aimless.
2021-08-06 Q& A On effort and relaxation 34:48
Ajahn Sucitto
00:41 Q1 I have trouble relaxing with my meditation. Samadhi seems more available when I sit on the couch with a cup of tea. What can you suggest? 16:47 Q2 Receiving or attuning to what is given can be tricky due to our family and social conditioning. How do we deal with this conditioning? 24:15 Q3 When I sit or walk my body sucks in the air and holds it for maybe 5 seconds. Should I just observe this or is my practice misguided?
2021-08-06 Chanting - Divine Abidings 10:00
Ajahn Sucitto
Ajahn reviews the physical and conceptual approach to chanting and leads (at 06:27) the Divine Abidings Chant
2021-08-06 Guided standing meditation 45:13
Ajahn Sucitto
Notice that the body knows how to stand, how to balance, by itself - with no mental effort. Enjoy your feet as the chief of the management team and spread your attention to other members of the team.
2021-08-06 Reflection on goodwill 11:18
Ajahn Sucitto
Acknowledge the capacity and willingness we have as humans for goodwill – and the horrific capacity we have for ill will. We use our practice to turn our attention towards goodwill and to exercise our ability to notice and generate heart energies. Metta allows us to put aside harmful energies and thoughts and to be grateful for the expanded state of mind that it brings. Equanimity means staying emotionally present regardless of our reaction to experience. We avoid perfectionist tendencies and ideas about what we should or should not do and maintain a generous heart.
2021-08-07 Meditation heart, body and mind co-operating 28:00
Ajahn Sucitto
The qualities of heart, body and intellect can come together in mutual support. Upright steady body; comfortable heart that’s not straining; mind listening, acting as a coach. This is entering into proper relationship – you can get great strength from just this.
2021-08-07 Balancing indriya (36:59) 36:56
Ajahn Sucitto
The search for stability and happiness is a reasonable one, it’s just generally pointed in the wrong direction. We overlook our own center as the source for non-suffering. Proper cultivation of the 5 indriya culminate in such a state. Their potency is not so much in each individual quality, but in how they blend – both balancing and enriching each other.
2021-08-07 Guided Meditation - Standing 2 23:23
Ajahn Sucitto
In some ways we don’t do very much in standing meditation. We use the body to adjust the body energy rather than the mind with the heart gently enquiring: “How is this now?” With the whole body in focus we can experience the body’s natural intelligence.
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