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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2019-05-06 Standing Meditation: Appropriate Intentions and Attitudes 24:05
  Ajahn Sucitto
Scanning over the body we are appropriately sensitive, naming and lingering with awareness. There’s a certain sensitive touch and the body responds with warmth and subtle energy. It’s a matter of placing attention with the right intention.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-06 Storing Up the Good 55:54
  Ajahn Sucitto
Notice what one’s citta stores and brings out at potent moments. We tend to store the negative, and that which is most familiar becomes myself. Why not store the good? Store up qualities of the brahmavihāras – goodwill, compassion, gladness & equanimity – as energy in the body. These energetic effects are a resource for your long-lasting welfare.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-05 Open the Heart to the Beautiful and Good 1:17:50
  Ajahn Sucitto
Cultivate the quality of intention rather than objects of attention. Intention is broader, it encompasses everything. Correct intention neither holds on, nor resists. The quality of anukampā – primary sympathy – from which mettā arises. Puja acts as an emblem, it resonates meanings that open the heart. Beyond the physical body or personal state, rise up to the sign of the beautiful, worthy, admirable and the good.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-05 Standing Meditation: Balance and Alignment Enable Letting Go 41:38
  Ajahn Sucitto
A guided meditation to establish a balanced upright posture upon which the rest of the body can relax and let go. It may not do so quickly, so be patient with how the body actually is, always attending with a mind of sympathy and goodwill.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-05 Intention Is Primary, Attention Is Secondary 51:41
  Ajahn Sucitto
Attention forms a focus that is by definition, only a part of the whole field (especially the visual focus). So if a ‘watchful’ focus is making your practice tense and try, relax attention and cultivate intention – it covers it all. Intention has a certain motivation, it steers attention. The intention for freedom from stress and pain is what citta is looking for.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-04 Notes on Ānāpānasati 40:06
  Ajahn Sucitto
Referring to the text, see what’s not there – there’s no mention of one-pointed attention. This is a common misunderstanding. Consider instead a one-pointed intention, to bear in mind, and return again and again to the process of breathing.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-04 Where There Is No Faith There Is No Practice 38:27
  Ajahn Sucitto
Fabricated formations, such as clock time, are useful for some things but not for liberation. Use the ritual of puja to transcend circumstantial reality; recognize there is a place in citta to stand outside of self – in faith and devotion. The belief that an end to suffering is possible is the initiator of Dhamma practice. Where there is no faith there is no practice.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-04 Standing Meditation for Energy and Vitality 22:33
  Ajahn Sucitto
When standing we don’t stand stiff, but fluid. Balanced posture and alignment allow muscles to release so energy can move through the form in a supportive way. Over time we become supported by the body’s energy rather than its muscles.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-04 Do What Will Undo 49:51
  Ajahn Sucitto
How to peel off the layers of saṅkhāra? Do with an intent to undo. Although we unconsciously give energy to our hindrances and programs, if we withdraw energy and interest, they wither. This is right effort. When citta is cleared of hindrances and is no longer pulled out into the abstract, it gains its own strength and you can trust it.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2019-05-03 Breathing Forms the Body 14:34
  Ajahn Sucitto
What is the body? Not the picture of it but the direct experience of it. Referring to instructions given in the Ānāpānasati Sutta, guidance is given to directly experience the body in its diverse manifestations of energy, feeling and sensation. Breathing in, breathing out, allow the process to occur at its own rate and stay with what’s unfolding for you.
The Touch of Dhamma - May 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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