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Dharma Talks given at Cittaviveka
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2020-12-14 Cleaning Citta - New Moon Lunar Observance 51:49
Ajahn Sucitto
Purification of mind is not just spiritual jargon but necessary for happiness. No matter how gross or subtle, our speech, mental intentions and bodily actions affect us. Training and cleaning citta involves bringing uplifting qualities to mind and refraining from contracting to the unpleasant. This is how our kamma can begin to change.
Cittaviveka

2020-11-30 Stress Requires a Light Touch (Full Moon Lunar Observance ) 49:37
Ajahn Sucitto
In the contracted norm, mind becomes bonded to conditioned reality, unable to let go. Citta can be trained to relate to phenomena dispassionately. Use vitaka-vicara in meditation to step back, listen in and find your balance point. Mind can have a still quiet center and engage with conditioned reality appropriately, without grasping.
Cittaviveka

2020-11-28 Living Dhamma 39:34
Ajahn Sucitto
As a result of the pandemic, we are experiencing the frailty of our systems and structures. Awareness is the only constant resource we have. It can be trained and purified to bring loving careful attention to all that we meet.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2020-11-27 Guided Meditation – Thinking with Heart 15:35
Ajahn Sucitto
Meditation is about opening up to the subjective aspect of our experience – the sense of knowing. Practice with placing attention on something very lightly, then listening with heart. Without force, without judgment, just aware of the sensations, emotion, energies, mental patterns. The quality of knowing gives rise to a tremendous immediate clarity.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2020-11-21 Q&A 48:00
Ajahn Sucitto
Clarification about the fetter “attachment to rites and rituals”; what’s the purpose of life; question about addiction; working with depression; where is the reference to energy in Buddhism; how to get space in intense situations; review of the 4 qualities to promote social harmony – generosity, gentle/harmonious speech, benevolent service, impartiality – DN30:1:16, AN4:32
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2020-11-21 Guided Meditation – Opening to the Cosmos 10:39
Ajahn Sucitto
Puja celebrates that there’s something in awareness more than just this ‘self’ thing. We can open to something bigger, experience a wider sense of being. Keep lifting and placing attention back into the Dhamma stream – that which touches and opens the heart.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2020-11-14 Release from the restricted in this life 45:47
Ajahn Sucitto
The dukkha of restriction is experienced in this very body, and manifest as a person restricted by upbringing, ethnicity and gender (etc) living in a world restricted by nationality and social structures. We can train ourselves in the unrestricted state through meditation and through living in a way that connects the open heart to service, in the ‘all -encompassing world’ touched by goodwill.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2020-11-14 Guided Meditation – Opening body, opening heart 12:42
Ajahn Sucitto
Jhāna is an embodiment practice. Absorbing and settling deeply into presence, use awareness to encourage opening each part of the body. Enriched energy and heart can then begin to digest the events of the day and release them.
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2020-11-07 Unconditioned Supports the Conditioned 41:54
Ajahn Sucitto
The unconditioned gives us a place to step back from experience, to meet the conditioned world with sensitivity and equanimity. We access qualities of faith, energy, mindfulness and wisdom to accept and meet exactly what’s happening right now.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

2020-11-07 Guided Meditation – Faith as the Basis of Meditation 15:58
Ajahn Sucitto
We enter meditation with a sense of faith, that there’s something beneficial that can be derived just by coming into the present moment. Witnessing, aware of, not in it, not rejecting it – a firmness of presence builds up. The initiation is faith, the consummation is wisdom.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down

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