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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2018-11-23 27 Don’t Go into Things until You Can Stay Out of Them 41:53
  Ajahn Sucitto
We need firm ground to stand on before meeting the difficulties of our lives. Without that firm place, the difficulties don’t unravel –you unravel. With cultivation of the five spiritual faculties – indriyas – they become rock solid, enabling us to stand back from experience and allow it to unravel and pass.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-22 26 Fields as a Way of Experiencing Phenomena 16:45
  Ajahn Sucitto
In a field of experience, qualities that are assumed to be other people, entities or myself because of the way they’re stuck together can be seen as specific factors that are pliable and flexible. “Field awareness” means a wider span of attention where suppressed, unnoticed, unresolved energies can arise and be discharged, purifying the bodily field.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-22 25 What Sustains a Steady Heart Energy? 49:41
  Ajahn Sucitto
Compulsive problematic activations can be replaced with conscious deliberate ones aimed at liberation. Whether in daily activities or in the action of meditation, we can steady and calm energy by orienting around skillful signs – generosity, service, clarity – until the mind is comforted and no longer flowing down old tracks.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-22 24 Place Attention Direction on the Here and Now 29:37
  Ajahn Sucitto
There is a different way to meet what arises rather than through our conditioned perceptions, one free of self, other people, the future. Place attention on what’s arising directly as it is.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-21 23 Ānāpānasati – A Model for Cultivation and Freedom 53:34
  Ajahn Sucitto
In the search for happiness, we generally only experience the search, marked by discomfort or desperation. Relationship is key. The instructions for ānāpānasati train us to develop a more dispassionate relationship where we learn to stand in the presence of, or witness from, the edge of experience. From here the right kind of relationship, marked by non-expectation and non-aversion, can be cultivated.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-19 22 Leave Space for Miracles 54:00
  Ajahn Sucitto
The cultivation of samatha is to be able to direct one’s intentions and attention away from the afflictive activations, settling into a place where they’re not happening. This place of cooling and ceasing is to be lingered in. Here we come out of the personality and into the realm of the miraculous.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-18 21 Standing Meditation: Where There Is No Activation in the Body 40:13
  Ajahn Sucitto
The theme of this meditation is to move attention from more activated areas to parts that have no activation at all. Beginning with the sense of balance and cohesion, guidance is provided to sense through the entire body, sustaining a soft attitude with no time frame, a quality of very little effort.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-18 20 Review of Four Points for Orientation 42:29
  Ajahn Sucitto
A review of the four points recommended to orient around: 1) The sacred - virtue and truth, 2) other people, 3) the subtle body/body energies, 4) nature. These are means for becoming more embodied and heartful, and regaining our natural intelligence.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-17 18 Brahmavihara Cultivation for a Happy Abiding 47:27
  Ajahn Sucitto
The qualities of goodwill, compassion, gladness and equanimity can be cultivated to generate a subtle form, a subtle state of consciousness. Abiding and lingering in these qualities, citta sustains consciousness in that mode, sees objects in that light, and experiences itself in that light making human life manageable, fruitful, enjoyable.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-17 19 Q&A 62:17
  Ajahn Sucitto
How to clear stuck sankharas (greed/overeating, fear); clarifying samatha, vipassana, samādhi; clarifying language: rūpa, nāma-rūpa
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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