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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks at Cittaviveka
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.
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2021-01-12 Untangling the Heart through Equanimity 44:34
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-11 Of Donkeys and Riptides 50:32
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-10 Opening out of Reactivity 50:36
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-09 The Real World Begins in the Heart 44:01
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-08 Contact that Is a Release from Contact 43:20
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-07 Unbind and Protect the Heart 42:33
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-06 Guided Meditation - The Inner Experience of Body 53:17
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2021-01-06 Settling into the Buddha Domain 38:40
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.
Awakening Through Heart, Cittaviveka Winter Retreat 2021
2020-12-29 Correcting the Foundations - Full Moon Lunar Observance 54:39
Citta is confused. It has taken the wrong baseline and lost its foundation in itself – its own clarity, purity, knowing. Direct experience is the way back. Touching into qualities that strengthen and uplift citta, feeling the effects, and listening. Citta is freed from false baselines and settles in itself.
2020-12-20 Guided Meditation - View from the Balance 22:06
Encouragement to have the courage and faith to go against the obligations of our lives and take time to center in citta. Amidst the activities of mind, there’s a place of balance and rest, release and non-clinging.
Living, Dying and Liberation

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