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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks
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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2020-10-04 Dhamma Stream Q&A 1:28:46
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.
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2020-10-01 Work Unconditionally with Conditions that Arise (38:36) 20-10-01 38:33
Practice is a whole life path. The conditions that arise and our reactions to them can all act as reference points for purification and practice. Careful cultivation of the conditioned is an aspect of the unconditioned and leads to the unconditioned.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka Monastery 2020 Vassa Closing Group Practice Retreat
2020-09-30 Maturing from Renunciation to Relinquishment 32:18
Citta needs something to settle on, to feel comfortable in. Use mindfulness to form a frame around what’s helpful and skillful and absorb into that. Citta begins to understand the agitation that both pleasure and displeasure cause, and can see something more fulfilling in the bareness of mind.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka Monastery 2020 Vassa Closing Group Practice Retreat
2020-09-29 Release from Psychological Conditioning 38:23
The aim of Dhamma cultivation is penetration and purification of saṇkhārā – the conditioning forces. Everything else is to support that. Mindfulness of body provides a steady and pleasant foundation, samādhi acts as a refuge from sensory input. Mind then has the power to resist, moderate and release from these conditioning forces.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka Monastery 2020 Vassa Closing Group Practice Retreat
2020-09-28 Making the Right Choice 39:09
Mindfulness can be thought of as a boundary setter. It’s used to discern what to stay with and deepen into, and what to avoid and stay out of. Instructions are given for how to apply this to ānāpānasati, mindfulness of breathing.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka Monastery 2020 Vassa Closing Group Practice Retreat
2020-09-27 Mindfulness the Purifier 36:10
The function of mindfulness is to purify. It means we have to understand what purity is – what qualities cause problems, stress and contamination, an which are bright, fortifying and calming. Right view and right attitude inform the careful attention that leads to purification.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka Monastery 2020 Vassa Closing Group Practice Retreat
2020-09-26 Right domain - the indriya 41:21
In Dhamma practice we aim to establish positive roots that can nourish our everyday actions and behaviors. We train in setting aside what is unskillful and causes stress, and lingering in and strengthening factors for awakening. The 5 indriya offer a beneficial domain for such cultivation.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka Monastery 2020 Vassa Closing Group Practice Retreat
2020-09-20 Cessation of Outflows Is the Release of Citta 44:57
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.
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2020-09-20 Guided Meditation on the Sense of I 17:02
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.
Cittaviveka At Home with the Homeless: Ajahn Sucitto Locked Down
2020-09-13 Guiding and Guarding–the indriya 33:55
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.
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