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Retreat Dharma Talks at Cittaviveka

At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

This series of recordings is offered by Ajahn Sucitto as a way to offer connection and encouragement in this time of global lock down.

2020-03-28 (644 days) Cittaviveka

2020-06-21 Dhamma Stream Guided Meditation: Surveying the Movements of Mind and Body 10:05
Ajahn Sucitto
Instructions for surveying the movements of mind and body from a wider, detached perspective. See the patterns that arise without fixating on them. Topics can then be approached from a more enlightened perspective.
2020-06-21 Dhamma Stream Online Puja: Nibbidā – Turning Away from Conditioned Consciousness 45:28
Ajahn Sucitto
An untrained mind has no choice, it goes straight into dukkha; the trained mind has the possibility to turn away from patterns that the mind creates. The hinge-point is nibbidā – disinterest, disenchantment – to no longer be gripped by the play of the mind. Through this, mental patterns can be acknowledged as they arise but not entered into. Through remaining with dispassionate awareness, liberation can be realized. *Sutta references - AN10:2; SN35:28
2020-06-28 Dhamma Stream Guided Meditation - Settling into Shared Space 13:17
Ajahn Sucitto
The mind becomes crowded with our thoughts, impressions, plans and worries. But what’s the bit that’s not occupied by all of that? Stability and confidence are available in that space, to meet what is arising.
2020-06-28 Dhamma Stream Online Puja: Training in Mutuality-Based Speech Lessens Self-Centeredness 48:16
Ajahn Sucitto
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
2020-07-05 Dhamma Stream Online Puja: Guided Meditation – The Content of the Mind 10:09
Ajahn Sucitto
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.
2020-07-05 Saturday Public Talk: Āsalha Puja – The Pleasure of Release 49:46
Ajahn Sucitto
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.
2020-08-16 Guided Meditation – The Process of Centering 12:28
Ajahn Sucitto
In meditation we try to establish a clear center from which to look at the various inputs and outputs happening in the mind. This process of centering is done through direct experience of body. The wholeness of body gives rise to a simple, centering effect.
2020-08-16 Settle Citta through Relationship 39:23
Ajahn Sucitto
Meditation is a relational experience. There’s the knowing that you’re being affected and how you respond to that. Relate to what arises with dispassion, calm, sensitivity and openness. In this relationship we learn all the skills of wisdom, compassion, clarity and non-clinging. This is nibānna here and now.
2020-08-23 Citta as Conjurer and Healer 38:56
Ajahn Sucitto
We don’t so much experience phenomena, but the citta affected by phenomena. The sense of “I am” keeps us fascinated and hypnotized by the resulting feelings and reactions. The process of purification is to clear citta of defilements and hinderances. Cultivation of samadhi and suffusion of wholesome qualities are means for purification and healing.
2020-08-30 Guided Meditation – Letting Citta Freely Flow 9:56
Ajahn Sucitto
Realize that it’s possible to divert one’s normal preoccupations and thought patterns, and come instead into the sense of penetrating to the roots of it all. Collecting energy into this state of being conscious, being aware, lets citta flow freely, unconstricted by our habitual grasping of form.
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