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Dharma Talks
2016-01-07 Group D Interview 1 66:37
  Ajahn Sucitto
1. Noticing subtler states of mind as they arise; 2. Can you talk more about what citta is and how we can feel it. Understanding the concept of citta; 3. How to investigate states of the citta; 4. Dealing with being drawn into objects as they arise in the subtle mind; 5. When the noting dissolves into planning and thinking; 6. Getting overwhelmed with thinking and going into dullness; 7. Forgiveness

2016-01-07 Closing Talk and Q&A and Dedication 33:29
  Pascal Auclair
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Embodying the Heart of Wisdom: New Year’s Retreat

2016-01-07 Group C Interview 1 40:09
  Ajahn Sucitto
1. The Wandering Mind; 2. Dealing with physical pain; 3. Dealing with fear, 4. Energy; 5. Moving into Daily Life, open eyes ad normal mode

2016-01-07 Guided meditation on the sense of touch and commentary 45:13
  Ajahn Sucitto
the sense of space/ distance; responding tonalities / intensities and the effect on awareness and the citta; appreciating body sensitivities to pressure, vibration, intensity, tension; the experience of noticing the body and appreciating the apparent sensitivities on the citta; returning to a mildly agreeable sensation; direct felt experience and its qualities; handing mental inclinations with a similar sensitivity; effects on the citta of the background pressure to “get it right”; the citta’s obsession to become something; learning the art of sensitivity; using discomfort as vehicle to attend internally to sensitivity and physical and emotional pain; widening the emotional lens

2016-01-07 Day Two, Instructional Sit 56:56
  Howard Cohn
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Essential Dharma Meditation Retreat

2016-01-07 Guided meditation 37:38
  Ajahn Sucitto
Developing the skill of recollection and the experience on the citta; where does the meaning sit?; the arising of citta to meaning; cultivating the immeasureables; the experience comes first; what is the quality of being touched by others’ suffering? Being willing to stay present with that is the movement of compassion; mudita; appreciating a feature or lucky moment for another, for oneself; appreciating the absence of physical pain; learning, sustaining and enriching the experience

2016-01-07 Characteristics of mindfulness 51:29
  Ajahn Sucitto
the doors to the deathless; right view the essential reference; that which can arise and be gladdened; 11 doors or entry points –4 jhanas, 4 bhrama-viharas and three immaterial states; the Buddha advised meditators to “absorb”, rather than concentrate / tightening up; a sponge must absorb to open up, not contract; need to drench ourselves in withdrawal; viveka, vitaka, vichara, piti and sukka; in the body; using wise (rather than hard or tight) attention; withdrawal from unwise attention; intention (the inclination of the heart) comes before attention and replaces immature lunging in or irresolute attention; make the intention one pointed as the mind settles down and the attention will follow; necessary wise preparation; a wise cow in the mountains; shortcoming of language; tracking the breath through the body, its beginnings and endings; a careful and deliberate enjoying is to be encouraged; open and soften; spread it through the body by directing it; first jhana; seeing the presence and absence of hindrances and learning though the simplicity of the experience of it; it’s like THIS now; not rushed , not biased or corrupted by the mind turning things upside down/ getting things wrong; appreciate the comparative slowness of the dawning quality on the citta; the open moments; pausing at the end of things; what’s helpful now?

2016-01-07 Morning talk 45:15
  Ajahn Sucitto
coming out of self view; bringing forth energy; recalling the spiritual faculties; applying wise energy regardless of the system used; calm as a consequence of faith and confidence; two recollections; don’t let the citta be bound by historical or domestic considerations; willingness to do the work; feeding the citta; mindfulness of the body, the inevitable decay of the body; what is it that evades or finds truth uncomfortable; differing views of Samadhi; the” I-am” looking for support; learning to push away the hindrances through experience; noticing craving, ill will and resistance; using metta, compassion, mudita, upekkha to approach unification of the citta by removal of the 5 hindrances; now is the time to rise up to it; restlessness, boredom, doubt; know them as they are not as myself; this is not worthy of this citta; using the wisdom factor to find appropriate attention; who is that?; feel how it is; going beyond thought; discernment of the release of grasping; the shift moment and the growth of confidence in it; noticing the struggle to find something; what about the measurelessness/ the sign-less?

2016-01-06 What You Need is Here 62:20
  Howard Cohn
Using our body to understand the 4 Noble Truths.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Essential Dharma Meditation Retreat

2016-01-06 Devotional Practice and Dedication 1:12:19
  Yanai Postelnik
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Embodying the Heart of Wisdom: New Year’s Retreat

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