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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
Ajahn Sucitto
As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.
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2019-05-09 Don’t Take Saṁsāra Personally 52:32
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
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
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
2019-05-06 Standing Meditation: Appropriate Intentions and Attitudes 24:05
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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