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2023-10-07 Dependent Arising 49:40
Ajahn Sucitto
Things do not exist independent of cause, but co-arise from a combination of factors. This understanding provides for a radical analysis of momentary experience – that it is conditioned by the things which have the strongest impact on our citta.
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2023-10-07 Q&A on Dependent Arising 58:58
Ajahn Sucitto
Questions are précised and read into the file: Q1 About this drip, drip, drip experience … can we moderate it? Can it be influenced by others? 01:46 Q2 When you were talking about vedena, you said things don’t come into existence without formulation. In that context it seemed like formulation was desirable. And yet when taking about consciousness it seemed like formulation was not desirable. 03:55 Q3 And probably, at least I sense that compassion has less clinging than indifference where there is less solidification which is a movement towards the skilful. 09:50 Q4 Earlier you were talking about the search or the wish for certainty. Today I got the impression that there is no life to have permanence and solidity is like a stone statue. The better alternative perhaps is managing and growing over the predictability of I don’t know what … of stone. 13:45 Q5 I’m remembering what you said about existence … out of mind out of sight. But are there times when holding someone in mind can feel comforting for them and for you. 21:20 Q6 I’m not clear about vidia,veda, vedana and how these relate to avicca. 30:04 Q7 I’m struggling with the distinction between sankaras and dhammas. 31:15 Q8 And would nimitas be related to that? 33:45 Q9 That makes sense but my mind wants to connect that process to sankara. 40:09 Q 10 My question is about movement or awareness or flow in emotion. You mentioned that QiGong has supported your practice. But is it not also a meditation itself - cultivating awareness, supporting presence.
Bodhi College Unpicking the Tangled Skein

2023-10-07 Metta - eine wunderbare Herzensqualität 55:39
Yuka Nakamura
Metta - Freundlichkeit, Güte - ist eine wunderbare Herzensqualität, die kultiviert werden kann und die den Geist grundlegend transformiert. Welche Wirkungen hat sie und welche Hindernisse können in der Praxis auftreten?

2023-10-07 Conditionalities and cessation 55:40
Ajahn Sucitto
The realization that waves of energy pass, allows us to see the thoughts and emotions that they support subside. It's not an annihilation, it's just a withdrawal of energy. Realizing this shows us just how fake our normal interpretation of experience is.
Bodhi College Unpicking the Tangled Skein

2023-10-07 Opening Day Evening Dharma Talk (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:19:35
Tuere Sala
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Fall Insight 2023

2023-10-07 Don't Think That Thoughts Block Meditation 59:41
Nathan Glyde
A guided meditation relating to sounds and thoughts equally, as happenings in sensitive knowing. Followed by a reflection of how we can exaggerate the necessity of a quiet mind in meditation. Suggesting here, too, freedom with might be better than freedom from. This session ends a bit abruptly as there was a call to enter a bomb shelter, but I felt there was enough here to upload. May all beings live in peace.
Gaia House Online Dharma Hall - October 2023

2023-10-07 Discussion on delusion 14:47
Ajahn Sucitto
Several participants relay their personal experiences with and understanding of delusion with responses and commentary by Ajahn. (The participants' voices are read into the file.)
Bodhi College Unpicking the Tangled Skein

2023-10-07 From dukka to liberation (with questions) 45:59
Ajahn Sucitto
Questions are précised and read into the file:14:10 Q1 Is there any significance to this figure of speech “there is a cause, it does not lack a cause” or is it just giving emphasis? 15:38 Q2 How do you withdraw emotional energy? 40:56 Q3 Regarding the role of being inspired, I was thinking about the Buddha’s own journey. His movement towards the path was the fourth messenger, the samana who moved him. If he hadn’t been open to that … 43:45 Q4 At some point we want to be skilful and pay attention to those problematic tendencies. So maybe being caught up in that negative script is like getting caught up in judgement. 44:33 Q5 When you can stand back and look at it without being sucked into the vortex. Is that it?
Bodhi College Unpicking the Tangled Skein

2023-10-07 Q&A 27:06
Ajahn Sucitto
Questions are précised and read into the file: 00:48 Q1 You mentioned subtle body energy, heart and mind energy. Are these the same or different? What is the heart energy? 08:21 How do you heal the citta? 19:52 In dependent arising, is there a link where you can catch it more easily? 24:03 By bringing some acceptance to that craving or that aversion feeling, in my experience it doesn’t normally stop but reveals it more and allows it to be and I can respond to it.
Bodhi College Unpicking the Tangled Skein

2023-10-08 Disenchantment from Experience 1:12:52
Louije Kim
Spirit Rock Meditation Center BIPOC Voices - Series

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