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Dharma Talks
2021-06-04 Meeting Life Well 39:23
Nathan Glyde
Opening the theme of the retreat. A sense of possibility to upgrade the default settings of the heart and mind. And find opportunity even in the challenges of the human condition, for more beauty, wisdom, and courage.
Gaia House Meeting Uncertainty with Wisdom and Courage: Perennial Teachings for a Changing World

2021-06-04 A Moment of Presence and Possibility 20:04
Nathan Glyde
Establishing simple mindful presence as a foundation for more
Gaia House Meeting Uncertainty with Wisdom and Courage: Perennial Teachings for a Changing World

2021-06-04 Inching into Uncertainty - Closing Talk and Chanting 28:02
Ajahn Sucitto
A reflection on how this online retreat came together: good people combining their skills towards a wholesome intention. Whatever we embark on has an element of uncertainty and possibility of failure, but the heart doesn’t fail. Stay open, do your practice, and meet the challenges that arise. Best to form a group – it becomes difficult when you feel you’ve got to do it on your own.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

2021-06-04 Day 6 Q&A2 – The Sacred, Body, Self and Other 47:37
Ajahn Sucitto
Trying to find triggers and safe space in the midst of health issues that affect nervous system, heart rate and breathing; stiff neck and shoulder muscles keep re-contracting; how to respond to getting so tired; what is the wise and caring response to body; navigating touch and contact skillfully; how can we be heirs to our kamma if there is no self to inherit it; through investigation of qualities of citta clarity and falling away has occurred – how to sustain; the more I see things clearly the more I feel the weight of delusion causing sadness and disgust and feeling of pointlessness for practice; how to approach in and out breath to calm mental activity (citta)/please speak to mindfulness of feeling from the Ānāpānasati Sutta.
Cittaviveka Clearing the Floods - Dealing with Internal and External Overload

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

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