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2021-06-04 Open Path 46:53
Ajahn Sucitto
An encouragement to continue finding the time and occasion to establish presence to be with all that arises. It’s not about getting through the maze of dukkha but gaining the skills and balance that lift you out. It’s the path of the sappurisa, the person of integrity who attunes to practice with all it requires – faith, open center, with the first movement being goodwill.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-04 Puja – Regaining Heart, Regaining Life 42:49
Ajahn Sucitto
We throw ourselves away into identities, sources of stress, comparison, separation. Puja is an occasion for returning to citta’s true home – the sacred that includes it all. Make note of what takes you out and what brings you back home – faith, values – and keep them close by.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-04 Day 6 Q&A1 34:29
Ajahn Sucitto
Is citta able to verbalize/understand words; citta’s role in nightmares; differences between hindrances and fetters; is cultivating bhavana or khanti better for burning off defilements; a lot of pain in the body caused movement in meditation disrupting energy; cultivating mētta; alternative healing methods; startled out of the body when bell rings; locating ancestral exclusions in the body; understanding workings of mind from Abhidhamma perspective vs. contemplation of 4 foundations of mindfulness for realizing non-self; accessing solar plexus during meditation; finding firmness when touching into open spaciousness; musician is torn between music and meditation.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-04 Guided Meditation - Quietly Witnessing the Kammic Field 5:30
Ajahn Sucitto
As you review what’s arising and passing for you, establish balance and continue with non-engagement. It’s just the human citta doing what it does. Awareness, firm and focused, lingering – in that you’ll find a quiet happiness.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-03 talk: Wise Action part 2 15:07
Jill Shepherd
short talk looking at the second aspect of Wise Action, not stealing or taking what is not freely offered, in relation to our individual lives and our collective impact
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path

2021-06-03 Divisiveness in the Buddha's Community: The Quarrel at Kosambi 52:18
James Baraz
One of the greatest challenges today in the US is divisiveness within the country. However, the Buddha faced the same problem right within his community! The Quarrel at Kosambi tells the story of his sangha dealing with a bitter argument that almost created a schism in the sangha. And the Buddha had a very difficult time trying to bring peace between the two factions. We will discuss this story and the lessons we can learn that can be applied in today's time.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2021-06-03 Day 5 Q&A2 54:25
Ajahn Sucitto
Working at our levels but there’s nothing to attain/is citta is inherently pure; how to think about kamma after death; how does being enveloped in compassion feel; after moving energy down into belly deciding to move from samatha to vipassanā; the knower merges with the known and there’s no object left; when beginning to become concentrated I get hijacked into numbness/feeling lost in brahmaviharā; relationship between awareness, citta, mindfulness and the mind.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-03 Kamma, Signs and Signlessness 56:49
Ajahn Sucitto
We can become flooded by signs that carry meaning according to our kammic histories. To move out of the floods of thought, self, other people, let the sign be a reminder. Go to the body, the felt sense, to the place where the personal qualities are subdued and there’s just the qualities of goodwill and patience. Energies shift and release. This is how we clean out embedded kamma.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-03 Puja – Images of the Sacred 23:11
Ajahn Sucitto
The signs in daily life can be sterile, abrasive, rapid – designed for effective organization, not for organic life. Puja is an occasion to shift gears and cultivate signs of simple beauty, warmth, inclusivity. It’s helpful to have an atmospheric dip every day into signs that cause citta to feel like home.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-03 Day 5 Q&A1 51:17
Ajahn Sucitto
Bright pure light which comes up in meditation; dealing with trauma from a kammic standpoint; how to practice with back pain and lack of sleep; if there’s no self who puts forth effort into the 4 right efforts; offering of invitation was not received leaving sourness; when feeling arises from words do I just stay with the feeling or inquire about it; a lot of pain in body and sudden urge to cry; mind first allows phenomena to subside and investigates later; transitioning back into kammic realm from a place of presence is challenging too easily losing mindfulness; difference between citta and manas; compulsive tendency around cleanliness; struggle with breath meditation feeling like I’m controlling it.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

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