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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2019-05-12 Making Use of the Power of Mindfulness 54:40
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-12 Puja – A Daily Going Forth 11:26
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-12 Standing Meditation: Relieving Pressure with Ground and Space 21:40
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-11 Viriya – The Cultivation of Energy 54:49
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-10 Training in Direct Knowing 22:29
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-10 Standing Meditation: Contemplate Inner and Outer Space 23:13
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-10 Wisdom as Know-How 55:45
  Ajahn Sucitto
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.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-09 Don’t Take Saṁsāra Personally 52:32
  Ajahn Sucitto
The 5 indriya are spiritual faculties that become activated by feeling them in the body. Starting with faith –the pivotal faculty for coming out of the personal and sensory realm – and culminating in wisdom – the ability to discern skillful from unskillful, non-stress from stress – these 5 indriya work to release the mind from the pressure of identity.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-07 Standing Meditation: Restraining the Mind So the Body Can Speak 22:51
  Ajahn Sucitto
Placing one’s attention carefully and repeatedly into embodiment, listen to what manifests as body. Make the shift from conceiving of body to felt knowledge, from regarding body to being body. Clearing away what’s not needed and inviting what’s important, let the body speak and hear itself.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-07 Free Your Inner Dog 60:42
  Ajahn Sucitto
We’re endowed with 3 kinds of intelligence: bodily, heart and verbal/thinking. The priority given to the thinking mind has numbed and shut down the body and heart. We train in direct knowing and primary sympathy to reawaken our deep intelligences.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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