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Dharma Talks given at Gaia House
2022-05-29 (2) Opening and Closing in Goodwill 52:29
Ajahn Sucitto
Opening and closing happens everywhere, even with breathing. Discharging creates space for enjoyment, spontaneity and flexibility. Eventually even energy must be relinquished, so we practice recollection of death using the brahma viharas to expand awareness, closure with no regret, the deathless.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-28 (2) Suffering is to be Understood 26:12
Laura Bridgman
Understanding suffering is like loosening a tangled ball of threads. The Indriyas help us find balance and navigate even the most subtle mind states that arise.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-28 (4) Crossing the Floods 54:02
Ajahn Sucitto
Ajahn explores the Buddha's famous prescription: 'By not pushing forward and by not standing still, I managed to cross the floods'.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-28 (1) Devotional Imaging - Inviting the Indriya (with 30 min meditation) 39:13
Ajahn Sucitto
Sacred images can brighten the mind and allow helpful energies to arise. We can summon the indriya through this means. With devotional practice, we dislodge the self from its center point, revealing the energy of spiritual desire (chanda).
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-27 (2) Integrating the Faculties with Meeting Painful Emotion 26:05
Laura Bridgman
We deepen our relationship with the Indriya’s qualities in our body, revealing our normal worldly patterns and finding our center. An experience of jealousy is described as an example.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-27 (1) The Kindness of Wisdom 51:51
Ajahn Sucitto
Discernment is easily biased by the five aggregates, especially mental constructions such as uncertainty and ‘not quite right yet’. Contemplating citta we can understand suffering rather than adopt a notion of solving it.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-26 (2) - Orientation Towards Completion and Ease 60:02
Ajahn Sucitto
Developing facility with the indriya – faith, energy, mindfulness, collectedness and discernment – supports awareness of skilful states flowing and fulfilling themselves within a mindful embodiment.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-26 (1) Guided Standing Meditation 42:28
Ajahn Sucitto
Self massage helps body awareness arise. With mental intention, alternately directing and releasing activation energy around the body, we increase connectivity and provide a broad basis for mindfulness.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-25 (2) Sati with other faculties 25:27
Laura Bridgman
The mind is a delicate and responsive instrument. Balancing faith and effort, sati uses gentleness and patience and we learn what is peaceful and natural.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

2022-05-25 (1) Sati-sampajañña - Clearing Hindrances 60:12
Ajahn Sucitto
Hindrances can be cleared through ‘mindful direct awareness’ – sati sampajañña. Such working through what blocks the potential of citta, demands humility, since it is not one’s personal self doing the work. Body is a key and potent resource.
The Indriya: Allies for Liberation

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