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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2018-11-14 13 Soothing and Steadying Body Energies 53:33
  Ajahn Sucitto
The deeply ingrained reactivity to jump from unpleasant feeling is saṇkhāra. We leave the richness and intelligence of embodiment for the virtual world of programs and drives. Steadying and stabilizing the bodily energies with ānāpānasati develops a different kind of saṇkhāra, one that responds to phenomena with non-demand and acceptance.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-12 12 Nourishing the Citta 47:31
  Ajahn Sucitto
Creating a feedback loop to keep citta refreshed and nourished strengthens our ability to meet the uncomfortable. This can’t be done through the virtual realm of the intellect; take time every day to touch into bodily presence without adjusting anything or turning away. That steady presence becomes the place of regeneration and refreshment.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-11 11 Q&As 53:17
  Ajahn Sucitto
Q1: ways of strengthening the citta; Q2 31:37 How can one best work with the citta? Q3 34:01 What is the relationship of intuitive awareness to the citta? Q4 36:56 Could you say something more about the sacred? Q5 40:10 greed and aversion – are they two sides of the same coin? Can one exist without the other? Q6 46:46 What is animita (signless) samādhi as opposed to nimitta samādhi or jhāna?
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-11 10 Weaning the Citta from Clinging 63:27
  Ajahn Sucitto
The habit of clinging stems from a search for safety and security, yet we cling to that which can never provide security. It’s not easy to give up clinging, so an inner strengthening is required – energetically, psychologically and emotionally.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-11 09 Guided Meditation: Feeling Grounded and Safe in the Space 40:02
  Ajahn Sucitto
Before reviewing the themes that present themselves to us in meditation, we need the support of safety and ground. Guidance is provided to establish center, ground and safety in this embodiment.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-11 08 Resourcing the Faculty of Heart, Our Responsive Capacity 58:10
  Ajahn Sucitto
Phenomena that are mutable, not solid, and dependently arisen become experienced as fixed and solid by unconscious grasping and holding on. The relationship is then one of fixation. A more mature relationship is not based on eliminating displeasure but on responsiveness and flexibility. With practice one can feel comfortable with things that are uncomfortable.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-10 07 Intention - a Property of Citta 31:53
  Ajahn Sucitto
Meditation practice instructs us to sustain harmonious relationship with our minds, bodies and the world – to not be dominating, not to grasp or push away, but to be present. Sometimes an open accepting awareness, rather than a focus on a particular object, is the proper mode. When mental and body energies are in sync there’s a sense of harmony and unification. This is samādhi.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-10 06 Walking Instructions: Human Bodies Walk Like This 12:46
  Ajahn Sucitto
Our walking gets programmed by the drives of the mind. Whatever affects the mind affects the nervous system of the body – the body shows us the effects of our thinking. Walking meditation can return us to the natural quality of the body, so the mind can relax.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-09 05 The Wisdom Faculty 52:10
  Ajahn Sucitto
The search for happiness, security and steadiness binds us in a tangle of stressful and unsatisfactory experiences – because we’re looking in the wrong place. Wisdom/discernment helps us detangle and discern what to set aside and what is worth bearing in mind.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2018-11-08 04 Calm and Discernment Work in Tandem 20:02
  Ajahn Sucitto
Discernment helps filter from the amalgam of experience what’s skillful now. Having picked up what is skillful one lingers in it, dwells in it, sustains it. This is calming. So skim off stressful habits of “trying to make it work”, “getting on to the next”. Use the body to learn what the mind is happy to linger in.
November 6 - December 4 2018 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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