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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.
2020-07-18 Unrestricted Awareness 37:48
We try to maintain order in a chaotic world, but our attempts tend to constrict and isolate. Clear the obscurations and restrictions by recognizing what is really causing stress and pressure – it’s not the external conditions but what the mind is making of them.
Sunyata Buddhist Centre :  Unrestricted Awareness
2020-07-12 Unravel the Web 42:29
Our habitual tendencies and conditioning weave a web of saṃsāra that we keep running around on. But we can generate new formulations and programs to steady and calm the mind, get it fit for the work of liberation. Mindfulness of body and breathing, and brahmavihāra cultivation are recommended practices.
Cittaviveka Vassa 2020 Opening Group Practice Retreat, Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
2020-07-11 Open Road – Out of Pressure 38:50
Citta doesn’t start out liberated. It has to come through ignorance, craving and grasping. We can learn from this, what is the wrong path and what is the right path. The right path gets obscured by feeling and perception. Steady the energies and stay out of the activities of mind – the right path is there, it’s an open road.
Cittaviveka Vassa 2020 Opening Group Practice Retreat, Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
2020-07-10 Refresh Energy through Breathing 29:24
Refreshing and regenerating energy is a necessary part of our practice to counter tense, constricted and disconnected states. Mindfulness of breathing is a means for toning up. We can go to the energetic bases of these tendencies and clear them.
Cittaviveka Vassa 2020 Opening Group Practice Retreat, Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
2020-07-09 Thinking without a Thinker 34:04
When full ground is not properly established, thinking creates the thinker. With proper ground, it’s possible to hover over the thought process and listen deeply to the underlying emotional stream. Establish ground using a simple meditation object that the mind can easily access and stabilize on.
Cittaviveka Vassa 2020 Opening Group Practice Retreat, Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
2020-07-08 Commitment to Lightness 38:46
In our practice we’re looking not so much at what we want but what we want to release ourselves from – clinging. We challenge the compulsiveness of our reactions, to fight or to grab, with a commitment to lightness. We apply ourselves with deliberate, steady, lightness of touch so things can move and release.
Cittaviveka Vassa 2020 Opening Group Practice Retreat, Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
2020-07-07 Foundation for Meditation 43:55
To relax the activity of the mind, awareness – citta – needs something else to stand on. We set up internal and external foundations that generate the sense of steadiness and stability. This enables us to get perspective and step back from the stream of energies and mind-states that we call ‘myself.’
Cittaviveka Vassa 2020 Opening Group Practice Retreat, Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
2020-07-05 Saturday Public Talk: Āsalha Puja – The Pleasure of Release 49:46
On Āsalha Puja we commemorate the occasion when the Buddha gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths and the Middle Path of Practice. By cultivating this Path, the mind stops looking outside of itself – it finds pleasure in itself.
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2020-07-05 Dhamma Stream Online Puja: Guided Meditation – The Content of the Mind 10:09
Contemplating the mind, not trying to change or explain it, knowing it as just a mental state, a result of causes and conditions. If feeling pressed upon by the mind, pause and widen. Bring attention to the body. Determine the appropriate attitude for settling.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down
2020-06-28 Dhamma Stream Online Puja: Training in Mutuality-Based Speech Lessens Self-Centeredness 48:16
Speech, whether internal or external, tends to reinforce and reify the sense of self. Self-awareness, rather than self-referencing, is recommended. Speech has the possibility of helping to prune, clarify, steady – it can help lead to the end of the person. Sutta references: AN4:183; M.58:12
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

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