This course examines the Buddha’s teachings on the five hindrances to mental unification: wanting, aversion, dullness, restlessness, and doubt. These afflictive states of mind are often regular visitors for meditators. Developing patience and the skill to recognize, abandon, and prevent these states goes to the heart of the practice of meditation and skillful living.
The Five Hinderances
Mindfulness and the Cognitive Process, Part I: The Pathology of Desire; Part II: The Signs of Desire
Open pdf file below for two articles by John Peacock from BCBS Full Moon Insight Journal on the nature of desire.
Mark Young's notes on Joseph Goldstein's talk on Sloth and Torpor
Below I have included some reflections for Week Four. We will be having
1. Clearly recognize/admit when the mind is filled with wanting or
2. By tracking our experience, notice that sense desiring arises and passes
3. Remember that every mind state is a conditioned thing, if fed it will
4. How might you skillfully guard the sense doors to protect the mind from
5. Can you notice the quality of joy in states of renunciation,
Dear Buddhist Studies Folks,
Resources for your study:
The 5 Hindrances: Obstacles to Practice by Phil
The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest: Selected Texts from the Pali
The Wisdom of Samadhi, Ajahn Pannavaddho,