Five Hindrances

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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