Five Hindrances

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Get Out of Your Head

When we project conditioning from our past onto the present, we turn a benign moment into something else. Understanding the “five conditions” can help us get back to reality.

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Doubt: Help or Hindrance?

Sharon Salzberg, from the fourth talk, “The Five Hindrances: Doubt,” of her Tricycle Retreat: Doubt, in Buddhist teaching, is a very interesting quality because there are many ways in which doubt is highly prized. We need to question, we need to wonder, we need to investigate. We need to insist on seeing the truth for […]

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Advice for Dealing with Sleepiness in Meditation

Sharon Salzberg, from the third talk, “The Five Hindrances: Sleepiness and Restlessness,” of her Tricycle Retreat: Sleepiness and Sluggishness, classically known as Sloth and Torpor, can be very big habits in our lives. Sometimes in meditation we get sleepy just because we’re really tired and it’s only when we stop, sit down, and begin to […]

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Fear and Anger are the Same Mind State

Sharon Salzberg, from the week 2 talk of her Tricycle Retreat, “The Five Hindrances: Desire and Aversion” Aversion in Buddhist psychology is quite interesting, because it’s both anger and fear. Anger and fear are considered in many ways to be the same mind state, just in different forms. Anger is the outflowing, expressive energized form […]

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The Five Hindrances: Can’t Desire Be a Good Thing?

Desire as a hindrance doesn’t mean intentionality, it doesn’t mean strong ardency to get things done, all of which can be very positive. It means clinging, attachment, grasping. -Sharon Salzberg Week 2 of Sharon’s ongoing Tricycle Retreat on the Five Hindrances begins today. To participate please become a Tricycle Community Supporting or Sustaining Member.   […]

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What are the Five Hindrances?

Sharon Salzberg’s opening remarks from her Tricycle Retreat on The Five Hindrances, which begins today, I wanted to talk about The Five Hindrances in this retreat because they are such common experiences that we all have while meditating, simply because they are common experiences we all have while living. Just as our meditation practice mirrors […]

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