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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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2019-05-14 The Wisdom of Walking and of Sheepdogs 50:26
There are 3 kinds of wisdom: discernment, skillful means and realization. Walking meditation and appropriate mindfulness are skillful means for cultivation. Together they bring around a stewarding akin to that of the sheepdog that moves within the flock, not outside it. This results in the deep harmony of samādhi.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-13 Guided Meditation: Sensitizing to the Direct Experience of the Body 55:21
A guided meditation through the Ānāpānasati sutta. Establishing a comfortable, upright posture, incline awareness toward direct experience of the body. Sustain appropriate mindfulness and citta will sensitize to the qualities we call 'body’. This exercise resets the mind, which is then gladdened, steadied and cleared so that insight can develop.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-13 Samādhi – A Step Outside the Personal Footprint 57:01
Samādhi is entered into dependent on the ripening of other factors. It gives us a place to stand outside of the personal perspective. The process of stepping out requires meeting the painful and unresolved in the body, then calming and soothing the heart.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-12 Making Use of the Power of Mindfulness 54:40
Mindfulness is an empowered awareness that exerts authority over dukkha. Mindfulness doesn’t contract or become agitated by it. Holding steady and curtailing proliferation, it provides the proper laboratory within which wisdom can arise.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-12 Puja – A Daily Going Forth 11:26
Puja provides an occasion to step out of our personal lives. The gesture of offering and dedicating trains citta to open rather than grasp. The unfolding of citta reveals awareness.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-12 Standing Meditation: Relieving Pressure with Ground and Space 21:40
An important theme in mind cultivation is to relieve pressure – mental, emotional, physical. This is done through moderating the quality of ground and space. When these are sensed through the body, citta picks up their signs and relaxes its own pressure.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-11 Viriya – The Cultivation of Energy 54:49
Energy has to be cultivated as a resource for practice. This process has three stages: gathering, specific application, and the strength that can release obstacles. The thinking mind uses energy but cannot generate it; energy is generated in the heart (citta) and in the body. Apply energy to empty out the negative and unskillful – the good and bright will arise on its own.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-10 Training in Direct Knowing 22:29
Sati – mindfulness – is only mentioned once in the Ānāpānasati sutta. ‘Directly feeling and knowing’ – pajānati – is the mode of practice. When we’ve attuned to this, we move to ‘training’. This phase of ānāpānasati begins with training in deeper sensitivity of the entire body.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-10 Standing Meditation: Contemplate Inner and Outer Space 23:13
Sensing the space beyond the skin boundary, and the space felt ‘within’ the body. The two can blend. In this way, they facilitate our experience of breathing.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat
2019-05-10 Wisdom as Know-How 55:45
Wisdom is the know-how faculty that discerns suffering and its end. It knows how the 3 intelligences (verbal, emotional, bodily) can work together to bring about the stilling of saṇkhāras. From it noble knowledge – realization – arises.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2019 IMS Forest Refuge Retreat

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