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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center
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.
2016-05-11 The Process and Development of Spiritual Authorities [ Indriya ] 57:27
The 5 indriya arise from the grounded citta – they lead the meditation process. Without these we unnecessarily re-activate samsaric processes: perfectionism, projection, self-criticism. Get on the right track!
Rewilding The Mind
2016-05-11 Reflection on Citta as Responsive Sentiency 20:58
Our awareness touches and responds. To set it in line with Dhamma, we use the occasion to bring forth, to offer heart – so that it can open. This is Dhamma practice, Sangha is the human individual quality of our subsequent endeavor.
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2016-05-10 Guided Meditation on Breathing 20:34
Get the body grounded, set the spine, sense the balance. Trace the rhythm of breathing, apply some tuning, let its energy spread through the body. Enjoy.
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2016-05-10 Path: Kamma and it’s ending – in body and mind 65:44
Citta moves through Kamma, not through space-time. It is triggered by ‘old Kamma’ – perceptions, attitudes, personality programs. It keeps recreating these unless there is direct insight – the Kamma that ends Kamma.
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2016-05-10 Reflection on the Four Noble Truths 47:06
Building up the strength to meet dukkha: moving out of habitual support systems, give oneself fully to citta and somatic presence.
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2016-05-09 Q & A 41:25
Pain, drowsiness, ethical integrity (in a non-ethical world), nature as a model for humans.
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2016-05-09 Rewilding the Wasteland ; the Arising of the Five Indriya 55:29
From the “Wasteland” of samsara, (which is generated by ignorance and craving), a natural arising of spiritual strength can occur – if we ‘touch the ground’ of truth and empathy.
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2016-05-09 Standing Meditation – Finding the Somatic Body 21:24
Standing can put us in touch with somatic intelligence as: balance, as cohesion. Gradually the felt sense of body re-forms as a mid-line central stillness and as peripheral sensitivities and openness.
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2016-05-09 Puja: Participation not Observation 26:20
Devotional practice works through including us in bodily, verbal, and heartful actions. Words and concepts are secondary to images and romances. Images of Buddha hands carry deep meaning.
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2016-05-08 Accessing ‘Ground’ – Unconditional Acceptance 13:11
Awareness is often beset with thoughts, emotions, and narratives that cause a ‘jump’ into conceptual proliferation. With unconditional acceptance we hold awareness as a non-reactive ‘pool’ that receives and resonates with mind-stuff but doesn’t react.
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