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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks
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.
2020-12-07 Evening Q&A 42:53
Meaning of ‘The citta goes to distinction’; search for security externally and internally; the wrapping and unwrapping of citta; manas and its relationship to citta; practicing with grief; is citta the unconditioned; please clarify comment about vipassana practice; when is observing bodily/somatic states dissociation and cutting off from them?
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-07 Recollecting and Appreciating Citta as Heart 31:35
The affective heart aspect of citta is absolutely essential for cultivation. Instead of contracting in the face of dukkha, it can open – rise up to it – with compassion, gladness, equanimity. This is what makes a human magnificent.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-07 Summary – Checking Perception 10:09
The perceptions that cause contraction can be shifted and changed. Going to the root of where the perceptions arise, pause – don’t follow the immediate reflex. Ask – what’s helpful now? Let the unrestricted citta respond.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-07 Afternoon Q&A 27:29
Meaning of ‘concocted’; upward movement of energy; difference between manas and mano; meaning of ‘pure mind’; development of ‘wise discernment’; citta as process rather than thing; can yoga help unbind citta; difference in Vedic meaning of ‘chitta’ and Buddha’s use of ‘citta’; where duality comes in; meaning of ‘unwrapped citta’; Ajahn Maha Boowa’s characterization of citta.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-07 Citta Wrapped in Khanda = Contraction 48:03
We rarely experience pure citta. What we experience are its wrappings – its conditioned programs. Our aim is to first make the wrapping as good and beneficial as possible, and second, to release citta from all conditions.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-07 Guided Meditation – Intentional Aspect of Citta 29:13
Beginning with citta’s ability to intend and attend, steer away from distractions and compulsions. Establish mindfulness (sati ) using body as a mooring post. Guidance around breathing and body follow.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-07 Guided Meditation – Centring and Stabillizing Citta 39:11
Citta is our center, but it’s conditioned to allowing itself to be occupied with transient phenomena. In meditation we can shift back to citta as the center, thereby weakening the habits of running out and trying to control circumstances.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-06 Guided Meditation – Training the Mind with Light Touch and Listening 25:36
Citta is energetic, its energies habituated to going out. Settle and calm it through the body, and sustain attention with light touch and listening, vitaka-vicara. Listen for a long time to what you place your attention on. Mind becomes calm and receptive.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-12-06 Overview of Citta 50:18
Referring to various Dhammapada passages, we come to understand that citta is stuck, grasped, bound up. But it can be released with wisdom. In meditation we practice calming and steadying. Citta can bond to body or breathing rather than running out.
Bodhi College Citta: Mind, Heart, Spirit
2020-11-30 Stress Requires a Light Touch (Full Moon Lunar Observance ) 49:37
In the contracted norm, mind becomes bonded to conditioned reality, unable to let go. Citta can be trained to relate to phenomena dispassionately. Use vitaka-vicara in meditation to step back, listen in and find your balance point. Mind can have a still quiet center and engage with conditioned reality appropriately, without grasping.

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