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Retreat Dharma Talks at Cittaviveka

Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021

Opening Group Practice Retreat

2021-01-06 (8 days) Cittaviveka

2021-01-06 Settling into the Buddha Domain 38:40
Ajahn Sucitto
Retreat is an occasion for clearing away certain inputs and intentionally placing others. Buddha – upright, clear, deeply centered. Emphasize the receptive aspect, listen deeply, linger. Gently allow awareness to become enriched by Buddha qualities, pervading body, heart mind.
2021-01-06 Guided Meditation - The Inner Experience of Body 53:17
Ajahn Sucitto
What is directly here? It’s not the anatomy of the body with its individual parts. Using body and breathing as a base, tune into the inner experience of body. There’s energy there – living, vital, sensitive. Keep turning towards the calm and bright places in the heart and body.
2021-01-07 Unbind and Protect the Heart 42:33
Ajahn Sucitto
Citta’s receptive quality is both its vulnerability and strength. It has to be protected until it is strong enough to repel corrupting influences. Cultivate themes and meanings that unbind and strengthen the heart – Buddha, precepts, lovingkindness. Citta then has a place to withdraw to.
2021-01-08 Contact that Is a Release from Contact 43:20
Ajahn Sucitto
Liberation by wisdom comes from a healthy citta having resources to experience the range of contact and its effects. The gentle fluidity of practices like breathing and walking help soothe the agitation and fixity of contact so we can be with the feeling rather than in it. Then it can move, release, empty, cease.
2021-01-09 The Real World Begins in the Heart 44:01
Ajahn Sucitto
When we step back from the sense fields, citta can become steadied on itself. Clear meaning can come from this place of rest and ease. Then we can steer through input of the sense sphere, discern the meanings, and notice the effects in the heart and body. This is practice.
2021-01-10 Opening out of Reactivity 50:36
Ajahn Sucitto
We are encouraged to investigate the region of feeling, perception and reaction. By creating space before the reactivity, citta has the choice to go down the same path of agitation or settle back into itself. Develop citta’s capacity for this through seasoning the heart to be contented in itself.
2021-01-11 Of Donkeys and Riptides 50:32
Ajahn Sucitto
When citta is collected in itself, it can begin to review the aspects of its experience that overwhelm and bind it, aspects not sensed or felt before. Train attention to go lightly, slow down, and open awareness to these unknown places. Fortify the citta with the rich energy of goodwill and recollections that warm the heart.
2021-01-12 Untangling the Heart through Equanimity 44:34
Ajahn Sucitto
Place attention on themes that hold the mind and heart steady, using body to anchor the tangle of reactivity. Heart (citta) can then step back from phenomena and return to its own center that is knowing, equanimous, open. Investigation and handling of the somatic and emotional effects, rather than the topics, lead out of the tangle.
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