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Retreat Dharma Talks at Dharmagiri

Firm Center, Open Heart

One of the principle aims of meditation is to experience greater warm-heartedness – towards others and oneself. The absence of this is a major source of suffering, linked to anxiety, depression and mistrust. On this retreat, we will be cultivating the inner strength that supports and protects the heart so that its natural kindness and compassion can illuminate our lives.

2020-02-04 (7 days) Dharmagiri

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2020-02-04 Precepts –Fundamental Principles for Purification 37:20
Ajahn Sucitto
The heart has tremendous potential for good or bad. We practice to clean up unfortunate effects that get established on it. Principles of respect, restraint and compassion are not only foundations for heart cultivation, but offerings to the world.
2020-02-04 Guided Meditation: Settling into Body 19:26
Ajahn Sucitto
Where attention goes, that’s where energy goes. Disengaging and restraining from what’s not needed now, we draw awareness to what it is to be in this body. Body and mind unify around breath energy.
2020-02-05 Establishing a Firm Centre 12:13
Ajahn Sucitto
Instructions for using body and breathing to establish a firm centre that’s also open. Building firmness from the ground up, releasing congestion through the out breath, drawing in fresh energy with the in breath.
2020-02-05 Chanting Brings Breath and Sound Together 45:50
Ajahn Sucitto
The main quality of chanting is spreading energy to the body and space around. We use sound to send out heart energy. Practice with bringing breath and sound together is provided. Overview of Pāli pronunciation and explanation of puja follow.
2020-02-05 Firm Centre Open Heart 60:00
Ajahn Sucitto
How to arrive at a grounded centre and undefended heart? Generally, attempts to firm up involve holding on or hardening the exterior that inhibit the heart’s opening. Instead, a shifting of attention and energy is suggested. Three reference points are offered to support this shift: food, work and rest.
2020-02-05 Centring through Standing Meditation 13:40
Ajahn Sucitto
In standing meditation we’re not waiting for anything, not going anywhere, but centring. Tracking up the body, we can locate and unlock potentials for space so energy can travel.
2020-02-05 Cultivation of Dhamma 53:19
Ajahn Sucitto
We practice Dhamma to clear through distortions and disturbances that become established. It takes training – setting aside what’s not needed and cultivating receptivity. Then what has always been there – the qualities of citta – are revealed.
2020-02-06 3 Channels for Energy 29:57
Ajahn Sucitto
There is a 3-fold system through which energy operates: bodily, conceptual and emotive. As we practice to resolve and release negative energies, we need resources. Bringing together the 3 aspects of body, mind and heart provide a way to open channels to drain and release unresolved energies.
2020-02-06 Kamma and Saṇkhāra 46:33
Ajahn Sucitto
We might experience running down familiar emotional tracks (saṇkhāra). Tracks get laid down by the repeated and habitual reactions to contact (kamma). To clear disturbing and negative tracks, widen attention and check the habitual impulse. The mind naturally seeks harmony and balance. Listen deeply for its response.
2020-02-06 Natural Walking 11:13
Ajahn Sucitto
Natural walking has a smooth and self-synchronizing quality. It gives the mind a place to sit where it feels satisfied and doesn’t run out. This is the direction of samādhi.
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