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2021-06-02 The Power of Love 41:31
Ajahn Sucitto
The power of lovingkindness is it can nourish and fortify the heart so doesn’t get crushed by the floods. This gives us a platform for life where all phenomena, even the most painful and difficult, can be witnessed and held. It’s just kammic forces playing themselves out – don’t get stuck in that.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-01 Day 3 Q&A2 47:34
Ajahn Sucitto
Relationship between manas and citta; excessive sexual images; what is the subtle body; breath as prana/breath of life; heart qualities that shift perception to vitality; opening energy centers; does energy discharge in standing meditation; working with psychological and emotional pain; resentment and anger arise when practicing at home; unlearning addiction to the clock.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-05-29 Q&A 36:05
Ajahn Sucitto
Please explain why you got the COVID vaccine as I am hesitant; can meditation help with IBS; can’t exhale completely because in breath rushes in; does it matter if formal practice/meditation is less; is manas an impediment to citta or can it be used beneficially; how to get over the pain of divorce; how to ask someone to leave a community due to ethical reasons; when desire is abandoned how is avijja eliminated; elaborate on terms samādhi, atammayatā, nibānna.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2021-05-02 Q&A2 45:41
Ajahn Sucitto
Where is the experience of bodily energies found in the suttas; what is the source of Ajahn’s ‘forensic precision’; how to us somatic presence with the 3rd and 4th foundations of mindfulness; please help with insomnia; experiencing resistance to standing meditation; grief and pain experienced with ‘Future and Past’ exercise; how to deepen into the ‘neither/nor’ space; is samādhi developed by sustaining sati; how to deal with overactive citta; how did you deal with the fear of death when being robbed in India?
London Insight Meditation Clearing the Floods

2021-05-01 Q&A1 47:28
Ajahn Sucitto
Help with hard-wired anger; how to think about ground, space and rhythm in a non-conceptual way; citta seems like a toddler; how to disengage from deep patterns of negativity; how to respond to boredom; is it recommended to thoroughly achieve samatha before moving on to vipassana; how to respond to deep pain in the heart; question about impermanence.
London Insight Meditation Clearing the Floods

2021-03-27 The Cauldron of Emotions 53:55
Amita Schmidt
This talk explores tools to navigate the Cauldron of Emotions that is our changing times. The tools include working with the pain body, balancing and healing our psychology, equanimity practices, and zeroing out the mind. For the slides and video portion here is a video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB_zczbV8xE
Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community

2021-03-19 Continuing with Mudita Practice, Introducing Equanimity (Upekkha) Practice 62:42
Donald Rothberg
First, we consider further some of the qualities of mudita, how joy is central to the teachings of the Buddha, how the cultivation of joy is crucial for being able to address difficulties and painful situations, how joy can be understood as a deep expression of our fundamental nature, and how joy can be present even in the midst of difficulties. Then we explore the nature of equanimity, pointing to several of the qualities of equanimity, including balance, evenness, unshakability, undetstanding and wisdom, warmth, and responsiveness. We also examine some of the typical distortions of equanimity and importance of the interconnection of the four brahmavihara as one to avoid such distractions.
InsightLA :  Cultivating the Wise Heart on the Cushion and in the World: Practicing Mindfulness and the “Divine Abodes” (Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity)

2021-03-17 Some Further Pointers in Cultivating Metta, and An Introduction to Compassion and Compassion Practice 60:11
Donald Rothberg
We first explore some further suggestions in the practice of metta, particularly related to working with distraction and an active mind, and then related to practicing when difficult states of mind, body, and emotion come up. We then begin to clarify the nature of compassion as the expression of the awakened heart in the presence of pain and difficulty. We link compassion to the understanding of the nature of how the conditioned mind reacts to what is painful, referring to the sequence from contact to grasping in the teaching on Dependent Origination, and the explication of the teaching of Dukkha (or "reactivity") and the end of Dukkha. We then explore further the receptive and active dimensions of compassion, some difficult distortions of compassion, and ways that compassion manifests toward self and others.
InsightLA :  Cultivating the Wise Heart on the Cushion and in the World: Practicing Mindfulness and the “Divine Abodes” (Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity)

2021-03-05 Dharma Talk 69:56
Jaya Rudgard
Reflections on how life is in constant motion, with everything arising and then falling again, and how we can find ourselves jamming things up with our grasping and aversion, rather than trusting that things can come back into balance without needing to control it all. Can we learn to flow with this natural waxing and waning of states of mind, pleasure and pain, loss and gain, and renounce the belief that there is a particular thing that will give us permanent happiness ?
Gaia House Stillness Moving - The Play of Opposites

2021-02-17 Awakening Our Body’s Awareness – Part 2 – (Working with Pain) 50:47
Tara Brach
Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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