On this episode we talk to Ajahan Succito a british-born Buddhist monk and former abbot of Cittaviveka monestry in the UK.
I became aware of Ajahn Succito when my teacher gave a series of talks on the Paramis – the Buddhist virtues – based on his book on the subject. I hadn’t heard of the Paramis or Succito but my teacher was so enthused by his presentation of the subject I couldn’t help but get a copy which turned out to be easy as all his books are freely available here.
I worked with his Paramis book and still do to this day. My teacher also gave me a copy of Rude Awakenings, his memoir of an incredible pilgrimage on foot visiting the Buddhist holy sites in Kathmandu and North India.
I met him a few times at his base at Cittaviveka monastery not far from London in the UK. I was struck by his complete lack of pretentiousness and self-regard. He spoke in the way a tree might speak to the wind and showed me that it is possible to bring the ancient teachings of the Buddha to full fruition today.
- First spiritual experience through Hatha Yoga practices and recognition of death
- University studies, psychedelics, discovering of the Eastern spirituality, travelling to India and Thailand
- 5th precept of abstaining from intoxicants and the use of psychedelics
- Buddhist Paramis and their expression in life
- Renunciation – moving away from sensual indulgences or differentiating wants from needs
- Why true equanimity is almost inconceivable
- From Dharma to culture
- Problem of compartmentalisation of meditation
- Tips on cultivating of Paramis and seeking wholesome states
- The 4 floods, body maps and experience of reality
- Spirituality as a natural process, environmental crisis as opportunity to awaken