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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

2020-08-30 Citta as Embodied 42:10
Ajahn Sucitto
The untrained citta runs out and becomes fixated by its own constructions, the primary construction being the sense of self. Citta can be trained to contain itself in awareness of body, distancing it from the abstractions of the mind. This is a very peaceful place to be.
2020-09-06 Guided Meditation – Arrive at the Basis 10:57
Ajahn Sucitto
Citta has its own basic clarity and sanity. Practice to establish citta on its own ground, where there is no suffering. This is the upright citta, the foundation for all the virtues leading to awakening.
2020-09-06 Q&A – Desire, Hatred, Deathless and Boundaries 44:45
Ajahn Sucitto
How to manage inconvenient feelings of attraction; reacting impulsively towards sexual desire and hatred; working with boredom and drowsiness; how does one turn towards the deathless; is nibbana “a ground of being”; what does the use of “internal and external” mean?
2020-09-13 Guided Meditation - Basic Luminosity of Citta 11:02
Ajahn Sucitto
Establish strong mindfulness that can act as a frame for shifting states of mind. Go easy on the mental content letting it all pass through. Aware of a basic luminosity, or vibrancy, assess what is needed to encourage citta – goodwill, patience, dispassion.
2020-09-13 Guiding and Guarding–the indriya 33:55
Ajahn Sucitto
The person gets very entrained to follow circumstances, caught in a cycle of creating, worrying, planning, hoping. In meditation, it’s possible to witness the person rather than constantly re-create it. Start by establishing certain transpersonal/universal qualities of the 5 indriya.
2020-09-20 Guided Meditation on the Sense of I 17:02
Ajahn Sucitto
The sense of ‘I’ is crucial for understanding citta. Guidance is provided to access the direct experience of body, then tune into the fundamental sensitivity and receptivity of citta.
2020-09-20 Cessation of Outflows Is the Release of Citta 44:57
Ajahn Sucitto
The unawakened citta is always taking things in, seeking security from them. True security has not yet been found. Through developing meditation and samādhi, it’s possible to unlink from the flowing out towards objects and ideas. Citta can find true security in itself.
2020-10-04 Dhamma Stream Q&A 1:28:46
Ajahn Sucitto
How does citta relate to consciousness; is citta involved with rebirth; how to practice with non-attachment; the role of cetana (intention), sankappa (attitude) and chanda (motivation) in citta cultivation; how much jhāna is needed for stream entry; where does motivation for practice/career/relationship come from; what does attachment to rights and rituals, sīlabbata-parāmāsa, mean; clarify body energies and energy flows; question about prayer; advice about life termination.
2020-10-31 Dhamma Stream GM – Recollection of Uposatha 15:06
Ajahn Sucitto
Uposatha days are times in the Buddhist calendar established for people to step back from daily chores and reflect upon the broader meaning of life, whether they’re living in harmony with the cosmos. Recollect our uniquely human potential to bring forth virtue, lovingkindness and wisdom into this world.
2020-10-31 Dhamma Stream – Uposatha, training in wise ways 37:04
Ajahn Sucitto
Uposatha is the occasion to bring up and integrate wholesome qualities so they become felt realities in the mind and heart. Refer to the Mangala Sutta (Sutta Nipata 2:4) for topics of cultivation that give rise to skillful states and conditions.
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