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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks
Ajahn Sucitto
As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.
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2019-05-31 Closing: Keeping Citta Fit for Practice 34:22
There are places where the mind slips and slides into injurious patterns, subtle points of misconduct that do harm. Develop qualities of sīla to guard and protect the citta, shaping it according to Dhamma rather than to worldliness or old kamma.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-05-30 Guided Meditation: Sharing the Blessing 50:51
The Offering of Truth: After making the dedication of offerings, a guided meditation that invites the qualities of generosity is provided. Through this, we recall what we’ve received from teachers, parents, the earth – and the challenges that have caused us to grows. As we recollect, we offer our ongoing aspiration.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-05-30 Advice for Ending Retreat 10:43
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2019-05-30 Associating with Good People 54:35
Associating with good people is the nutriment that leads to true knowledge and liberation. We learn what’s most important from other people, not from books and ideas. To find good people, start by being one.
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2019-05-28 The Unbiased and Unwavering Heart (Upekkhā) 61:00
Cultivating equanimity (upekkhā) begins with touching into primal sympathy. As this develops, we are more able to meet experience without shrinking from it or becoming feverish for it. This paves the way for insight and release.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-05-27 Learning to Linger and Appreciate (Muditā) 59:27
Liberation begins with appreciation of one’s own heart, one’s sensitivity. Learn to linger in it, and speak to it with kindness. Gladness and ease naturally arise, and the mind becomes concentrated. This is the natural Dhamma process.
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2019-05-26 Guided Meditation: Begin with Intention 60:02
Wherever intention is, there is citta. So we begin formal meditation practice there, establishing intentions based on goodwill, sensitivity and relinquishment. With these themes resonating in one’s heart, what can be put aside now?
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2019-05-26 Strengthening through Compassion (Karuṇā) 50:52
Citta is made stronger and deeper through cultivating patience and resolution. It gains an imperturbable stillness and serenity that lets things pass through. Steady in the face of the pleasant and unpleasant alike, this ‘soft strength’ refuses to give way to the tides of ill will.
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2019-05-25 Integration through Goodwill (Mettā) 63:01
The territories of the somatic field and qualities of goodwill are offered as a clear, firm foundation for wisdom. Having cultivated them on retreat, we need to integrate liberation, purity and goodwill into our lives.
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2019-05-24 The Lucidity of Careful Attention 51:05
We use careful attention – yoniso manasikāra – to steward the meditative process. It helps us know the appropriate technique to use and to discern what is skillful to give attention to and what is not. Without it, clinging coopts experience and makes an ‘I’ out of it. With it, there is non-clinging – lucidity – and the cessation of dukkha.
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