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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Society - 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

2018-11-16 17 Intention and Effort 63:58
  Ajahn Sucitto
Take away the track of conditioned intentions – better, more efficient, goal orientation. Learn to sense into the intention of the citta here and now. Effort informed by the spiritual faculties is a means to stave off hindrances. The first right effort is to dwell in what is skillful.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-16 16 Nothing Works - Get Used to It 61:13
  Ajahn Sucitto
Our conditioning and underlying programs have us aiming at unattainable benchmarks. We come to believe it’s possible to make everything work, make things efficient, clear, comfortable. But this only sets us up for suffering. So we practice to purify intention and attention, widening the range of what our citta can bear with and accommodate. We’re then able to be with the uncomfortable without suffering.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-15 15 Learning to Cultivate Relationship 61:41
  Ajahn Sucitto
We can learn to relate to the conditioned world with a sense of knowing it doesn’t work, dealing with the inevitable clashes and frictions with a mind that is spacious, that can digest the chafing. Nourish and strengthen citta through qualities of goodwill, patience and acceptance facilitate disengagement. Then the heart is not troubled by things not going its way.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-14 14 Sangha Heals Afflictions of Exclusion 50:17
  Ajahn Sucitto
With devotional practices we choose to direct ourselves in terms of awakening. Pūjā gives the occasion to settle in our Refuge quality rather than our personal kamma. This is the way we build up a reference point to cultivate and clear the kamma of the person within the field of sangha.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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