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Understanding and developing Citta (heart-mind)

With Dave Smith recorded on January 28, 2018.

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All schools of Buddhism acknowledge that the development of Citta is an essential aspect of the awakening process. Within classical Mindfulness teachings, it encompasses the entirely of the third foundation of practice. At its core, it encourages us to recognize the presence and absence of greed, hatred and delusion. In its fruition it points to embodying a mind and heart of wisdom, kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In this teaching session Dave outlines the basic nuts and bolts of how this can be understood and developed, both on and off the cushion.

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