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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.
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
2018-10-12 11 Day 3 Evening Puja: Learning to Prefer Dispassion 63:01
In citta’s maturing process, it goes from seeking stability and comfort in things that can never satisfy, to finding a place of dispassion. It learns that disengagement is preferable to getting fired up, disappointed, humiliated. In this letting go it finally finds the stability and happiness it has been seeking.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-12 10 Day 3 Standing Meditation: Turning in Space 33:41
After settling and grounding in the standing position, Ajahn Sucitto introduces a slight movement to the posture. Gently turning in space, noticing the effects of the body moving in its energy field, making note of the mental tone – how’s that?
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-12 09 Day 3 Morning instructions: The Dhamma Field – Our True Home 54:54
We take things personally, but the person is the result of the fields that it encounters. We get shaped by the worldly fields of the business model, of material progress, of ‘faster’ and ‘more’. When we take the Dhamma field as our true origin rather than the worldly or personal field, we access the arising of the search for truth and meaning, and of the capacities to bear with and be accepting, to experience gratitude and generosity. This is our home, and in this we are deeply resourced to meet what comes up.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-12 08 Day 3 Morning Puja: Immersion in the Dhamma Field 25:48
Being immersed in worldly and personal fields is not a choice, but we can choose to immerse ourselves in the Dhamma field. In it we can meet the problematic painful field of sense contact without collapsing or blocking, but with big heart. Pūjā is an occasion for entering into that field, gaining resources, strength and happiness for the journey.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-11 07 Day 2 Evening Puja: Don’t Follow the Bounce 63:19
Cultivating Dhamma involves viveka, a certain kind of disengagement primarily from thought and emotional reactivity. As these reactions are running, check their ‘bounce’ – that tendency to deflect or suppress unpleasant feeling. Emotion by itself cannot discharge, but access the emotional state in the body – the body can discharge the emotion.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-11 06 Day 2 Pausing before “the Next” 8:20
Transitions points are an opportunity to train one’s reflexes to return to the base – the ground as fundamental orientation. At the moment of reflexive response, pause. The reflex isn’t good or bad, just pause and check it as a habit of training. It can be helpful to rise into a bodily response rather than habit reactive responses. Whatever our intention or purpose can be more measured.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-11 05 Day 2 Morning Instructions: Bear in Mind – You’re a Threesome 61:50
The verbal, heart and body fields are mutually affected. Of the three, body doesn’t lie and is the one that can discharge stress. Refer to how experiences of the heart and mind arise in the body with disengaged awareness. Learn to release stress when it arises, and acknowledge the patterns of behavior that generate it. [52:00 Begin Walking Instructions] Notice the Parts that Don’t Seem to Be Doing: The whole body is walking. Some parts are doing, some are receiving – they’re part of the field of awareness and sensitivity. The parts that don’t seem to be doing are helping to discharge stress.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-11 04 Standing Meditation: Standing to Promote Energy Movement 17:45
Use the standing form to establish alignment in an upright posture that allows energy to move through stuck places. [10:27 transition to sitting posture]
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto
2018-10-11 03 Day 2 Pāli Pronunciation 15:01
Ajahn Sucitto provides an overview of Pāli pronunciation to aid with chanting. [5:00 Begin Morning Chanting]
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

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