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The Buddha’s Gradual Path: Spiritual Progress in Lay Life

The Buddha frequently taught about the practice of the path as “a gradual training” (anupubbasikkhā), which unfolds in stages from the first step to the final goal of enlightenment. He most often talked about this gradual unfolding in terms of monastic life. However, he also made it clear that the path is open and available to lay followers as well and that many, many of his lay disciples were highly accomplished in the Dhamma, having developed the Path and attained the fruits on the way to awakening.

2023-06-03 (13 days) Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

2023-06-07 Anapanasati Tetrad 3 and 4 -- Guided meditation 48:47
Ayya Santussika
Brief instruction on Tetrad 3 and 4 of Anapanasati - Mindfulness of in and out breathing, followed by a guided meditation for the 16 instructions.
2023-06-07 Sense Restraint, Moderation in Eating, Wakefulness 1:11:37
Ayya Santussika
Two purposes for sense restraint - wise decisions about what to take in through the senses - using sense restraint to break the chain of dependent origination at the feeling-craving link - moderation in eating - working with drowsiness - using the SN 36:95 Malunkyaputta Sutta, SN 3:13 A Bucket Measure of Food and AN 7.61 Nodding Off.
2023-06-08 Guided Metta Meditation 32:07
Ayya Santussika
2023-06-09 Sati, Samadhi, Panna and Metta 15:16
Ayya Santussika
Going deeper as we enter the 2nd half of this retreat, exploring the Buddha's words: ‘This is peaceful, this is sublime, that is, the stilling of all activities, the letting go of all attachments, the ending of craving, dispassion, cessation, Nibbāna.’ How can we have sati, samadhi and panna continuously?
2023-06-09 Loving-Kindness and Compassion Meditation 39:13
Ayya Santussika
2023-06-09 Developing Immersion Further 43:25
Ayya Santussika
AN 4.41 Developing Immersion Further
2023-06-10 Appreciative Joy Guided Meditation 39:26
Ayya Santussika
Mudita - Appreciative Joy
2023-06-10 Life Conditions Supporting Samadhi 31:49
Ayya Santussika
AN 3.95 "Assemblies" and AN 5.26 "Opportunities for Freedom" provide some examples of supportive conditions for entering samadhi.
2023-06-12 Changing 17:12
Ayya Santussika
Six steps to help change unskillful patterns in the mind and in our actions.
2023-06-12 Equanimity Meditation 39:32
Ayya Santussika
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