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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

Mapping the Territory: New Light on the Satipatthana

November 16 - December 14 2022 - Forest Refuge

2022-11-16 (29 days) Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2022-11-20 Suffusion With the Divine Abidings 9:54
Ajahn Sucitto
Includes a 6 min introduction of its significance. A video version is available here:
2022-11-20 The unity of the fine-material realm 48:10
Ajahn Sucitto
In meditation we open an energy domain with discernable material and immaterial aspects. We meet, widen and soften to this experience, providing a pragmatic healing and protection against life's vicissitudes.
2022-11-20 Happiness 38:17
Ajahn Sucitto
How to bring happiness to the heart and find the balance of allowing unhappiness to be known.
2022-11-21 Hindrances 60:53
Ajahn Sucitto
Detecting and clearing the hindrances. (References: SN46.55 available here:
2022-11-22 Recollection of kindness and compassion 13:30
Ajahn Sucitto
In the sensory world, boundaries, signs of separation and comparisons must be experienced. But entering the heart realm, we can experience the boundlessness of the brahma vihara.
2022-11-22 Survey the landscape-with sympathy 40:05
Ajahn Sucitto
Steady the heart by not picking up the signs of crisis or anxiety. Instead use the simple and steady body rhythms and signs that hold the heart. Make the heart the priority.
2022-11-24 Exploring mindfulness of body 50:40
Ajahn Sucitto
The four establishments of mindfulness and its sutta history - as well as the Bhikkhunupassaya Sutta - Directed and Undirected Meditation (SN: 47:10). Suttas available here: and here
2022-11-24 GM - Standing 32:29
Ajahn Sucitto
2022-11-25 Bare knowing and release 42:39
Ajahn Sucitto
Aspects from the sutta on contemplating the body (MN.10). The full sutta is here:
2022-11-25 Q&A 58:05
Ajahn Sucitto
00:33 Can you please explain the significance of the phrase “the four pairs, the eight kinds of noble beings”; 03:11 The suttas talk of a body witness. What does this mean?; 05:10 Are consciousness, awareness and citta the same thing?; 15:13 Can you speak more about the aggregates please – rupa, vedena, sanya, sankara, vinnyana? 24:03 Could you explain context and purpose in relation to sampajañña / clear comprehension? 29:52 What is meant by “mindfulness preceding the object”. Does this precede the knowing of a specific phenomenon? 32:12 Why does the mind often feel it needs to be comfortable in order to settle? Do we need to relinquish this need? 37:51 Sometimes I get the feel g the breath doesn’t want me following it; 41:22 Some teachers suggest experiencing the breath as a concept rather than a physical sensation. Did the Buddha emphasize one over another? 46:45 I have a lot of fear arising and I send it metta-karuna but samadhi seems to make it stronger; 50:27 Pease speak about the hindrance of doubt, particularly self-doubt; 55:25 Can you speak about compassion and emptiness of self.
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