The Five Hinderances

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.

Resources for Practicing with Aversion:

posted Dec 26, 2016, 6:23 AM by Mark Nunberg

Mindfulness and the Cognitive Process, Part I: The Pathology of Desire; Part II: The Signs of Desire

posted Aug 2, 2012, 7:42 AM by Mark Nunberg   [ updated Aug 2, 2012, 7:42 AM by Scott Jensen ]

Open pdf file below for two articles by John Peacock from BCBS Full Moon Insight Journal on the nature of desire.

Weeks 6 & 7 Audio

posted May 13, 2012, 8:56 AM by Scott Jensen   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 11:20 AM ]

Audio for Week 5

posted Apr 10, 2012, 10:49 AM by Mark Nunberg   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 11:20 AM by Scott Jensen ]

Reading on Sloth and Torpor

posted Apr 10, 2012, 10:42 AM by Mark Nunberg   [ updated Apr 10, 2012, 10:42 AM by Scott Jensen ]

Mark Young's notes on Joseph Goldstein's talk on Sloth and Torpor

Week 4 Audio

posted Apr 2, 2012, 7:26 PM by Common Ground Meditation Center   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 11:20 AM by Scott Jensen ]

Reflections for Week 4

posted Mar 27, 2012, 10:09 AM by Scott Jensen   [ updated Mar 27, 2012, 10:09 AM ]

Hi All, 
I am sending an additional reading you might want to look at: 
The Five Hindrances (Nivarana) by Ajahn Brahmavamso 

Below I have included some reflections for Week Four. We will be having 
small groups next week, April 2nd. 

1. Clearly recognize/admit when the mind is filled with wanting or 
aversion. No need to be ashamed, it is skillful to clearly acknowledge how 
it is. For example, notice that the mind is burning with desire or sick 
with anger. What is the effect of clearly calmly noting the predominate 

2. By tracking our experience, notice that sense desiring arises and passes 
without gratification. This is important to see because it seems based on 
our ignorant view, that the pain of craving won't go away until we get the 
object of our desire. Seeing the passing away of craving without 
gratification undermines this mistaken view. 

3. Remember that every mind state is a conditioned thing, if fed it will 
become stronger and arise more frequently in the future, if starved it will 
fall away and be less likely to re-arise. How have you noticed the mind 
feeding or starving the hindrance of craving? How have you noticed the mind 
feeding or starving the hindrance of aversion? 

4. How might you skillfully guard the sense doors to protect the mind from 
states of craving and aversion? 

5. Can you notice the quality of joy in states of renunciation, 
contentment, and states of lovingkindness and compassion? 


Audio for weeks 2 and 3

posted Mar 27, 2012, 7:07 AM by Scott Jensen   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 11:20 AM ]

Here is the audio from weeks 2 and 3. 

Course Reading (Week 1)

posted Mar 18, 2012, 6:43 PM by Scott Jensen   [ updated Oct 16, 2016, 3:41 PM by Mark Nunberg ]

Dear Buddhist Studies Folks, 
We had our first meeting last Monday for the seven week course on the five 
hindrances. In this course we will be reflecting on what actually hinders 
the balance, stability and clarity of mind. Without studying the 
hindrances, it isn't easy to go beyond the distorting and stressful 
influences on the mind and experience insight - the deepening of 

Resources for your study:

Chapter Four: Difficulties and Hindrances in Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by 
Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein (attached PDF)

Sutta Studies: Understanding the Hindrances by Andrew Olendzki in Spring 
2005 Insight Journal

The 5 Hindrances: Obstacles to Practice by Phil 

The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest: Selected Texts from the Pali 
Canon and the Commentaries by Nyanaponika Thera 

The Wisdom of Samadhi, Ajahn Pannavaddho, 


Week 1 Audio: Course Intro, Meditation, Talk

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