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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks at New York Insight Meditation Center
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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2018-10-15 21 Day 6 Closing talk: The Smallest Unit in the Cosmos is Two 32:38
When we reflect on the nature of fields, we notice everything is a duality. How we relate in this twosome is the practice. Unskillful latent tendencies are revealed in relationship, giving us an opportunity to clear them. Kalyāṇamitta (spiritual friendship) is essential. It’s only others that can show us what we don’t see in ourselves.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-14 20 Day 5 Evening Puja: Wilderness Training 25:00
We struggle for certainty and clarity, but the true orientation of Dhamma is disorientation from old maps, thereby allowing forms to arise and change with disengaged attention. Then we’re much more alert and agile. This is wilderness training.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-14 19 Day 5 Morning Instructions: Maps that Dispel Differentiation 53:22
The Buddha expounded Dhamma using various maps. The map of the khandhā and dependent origination provide means for understanding and responding to experience without the sense of a fixed self. Meeting and relating to phenomena in the body, free from aversion and resistance, you don’t have to like it, just accept it. This is the way out of suffering.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-14 18 Day 5 Guided Meditation Intention – a Softer Effort 46:47
Using intention in practice means there is a wish, a prayer, an aspiration – subtle movements of energy rather than the push of effort. If we use intention too forcefully we block receptivity. It’s up to us to determine what’s skillful at this time. Perhaps it’s the intention to relax, set aside, widen, soften. Wisdom is our guide, and effort is just to use wisdom to arrive at deeper wisdom. [8:15 Begin Standing Meditation Instructions] Translating Anatomical Descriptions into Felt Sense: We all use anatomical descriptions of the body as a sketch, but the encouragement in this meditation is to translate them into energetic or felt experiences. Beginning with physical experience, guidance is provided to sense into subtler energies and felt tones and meanings.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-14 17 Day 5 Morning Puja: Lingering 54:42
Beginning our day, we make the intention to enter the Dhamma field before entering the hallucinatory field constructed of time and space. Refrain from what’s not needed, linger in what’s needed. What you linger with increases. If you linger in the world of suppositions - ‘got to do, should do’- that increases. Find out what’s truly needed and linger there.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-13 16 Day 4 Evening Puja: Q&A 67:49
Different ways of presenting Dhamma in Theravada Buddhism (single-pointed, ‘dry insight’; Thai forest). Are there certain thought patterns that are related to nervous energy in the body? How do you do discharge? Metta practice as cultivating non-aversive, non-contractive state rather than a doing/sending out. Clarifying the term ‘fields’. Qi Gong questions (is it normal to get so hot while practicing Qi Gong? Is it good to use wu qi for standing meditation?); Responding to sexual awareness in the presence of others. Skillfully handling trauma that are still alive. Distinction between perception and consciousness. How feelings and emotions are experienced in Samadhi. Reclining meditation
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-13 15 Day 4 Qi Gong 9:17
Ajahn Sucitto responds to a question about how he got started with Qi Gong.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-13 14 Day 4 Guided Meditation: Goodwill 23:27
Citta is moved by images that can be sparked by thought, visual, auditory or somatic/felt experience. This guided meditation accesses these portals to generate receptivity and resonances of goodwill within yourself, then spread them out.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-13 13 Day 4 Morning Instructions: Heart Yoga 48:49
Relationship is always necessary, always there, whether with other people or with ourselves. To absorb into comfortable relationship, and clear this area from greed, hatred and fear, there has to be a lot of negotiation, the back and forth movement of disengaging, then returning again. This is true yoga of the heart. To keep the heart flexible and responsive, brahmavihārā ‘asanas’ are suggested.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-13 12 Day 4 Morning Puja: Think Short, Listen Long 22:31
Instruction on disengaging attention from mental contact. Disengagement allows for longer listening time. The quality of listening has a different tone – softer, more open, the ability to be with but not in. That non-engaged space allows for signs of comfort, contentment and gladness to arise. It’s not in the object but in the relationship. Keep re-establishing relationship to the chosen object.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

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