Hindrances Talks

In the Buddhist tradition, the five hindrances (Sinhala: පඤ්ච නීවරණ, romanized: pañca nīvaraṇa; Pali: pañca nīvaraṇāni) are identified as mental factors that hinder progress in meditation and in daily life. In the Theravada tradition, these factors are identified specifically as obstacles to the jhānas (stages of concentration) within meditation practice. Within the Mahayana tradition, the five hindrances are identified as obstacles to samatha (tranquility) meditation. Contemporary Insight Meditation teachers identify the five hindrances as obstacles to mindfulness meditation.

The five hindrances are:

Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): seeking for pleasure through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling. Ill-will (vyāpāda; also spelled byāpāda): feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness. Sloth-and-torpor (thīna-middha): half-hearted action with little or no effort or concentration. Restlessness-and-worry (uddhacca-kukkucca): the inability to calm the mind and focus one's energy. Doubt (vicikiccha): lack of conviction or trust in one's abilities.

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Zen Meditation on the Great Flower Adornment Scripture, Class 2

In this series of meetings, we will study and see how Zen is the key unlocking the innumerable meanings of this oceanic scripture. We will also explore how the sutra opens and illuminates our simple...

#YRB-2023-Fall, Evil, Impermanence, Emotions, Describe, Hindrances
Oct 10 2023
2 of 8
The Yoga Room

Zen Meditation on Our Original Nature, Class 4

In this series of gatherings we will explore and perhaps realize our original nature, and how to apply such a discovery to all of our daily activities. 

#YRB-2023-Spring1, Original Nature, Precious Mirror, Hindrances, Heart Sutra,...
Apr 11 2023
4 of 8
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No Abode Dharma Talk - July 10th, 2021, Afternoon

The first in-person gathering at No Abode since 2020

Hindrances, Obstacles, true dharma, Confession and Repentance, Bodhisattva Vow...
Jul 10 2021
No Abode Hermitage

The Buddha Mind Seal and the Teachings of Perfect Wisdom 

The Buddha Mind Seal and the Teachings of Perfect Wisdom
Tenshin Reb Anderson

March 2, 2013 AM
No Abode

Perfect Wisdom, Heart Sutra, Buddha Mind, Hindrances, Greed
Mar 02 2013
No Abode Hermitage

The Bodhisattva's Creativity and Freedom 

Monkey Mind, Practice Period, Hindrances, difficulty, Bodhisattva Way
Dec 01 2011
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Continuous Compassion for Karmic Consciousness 

Karmic Consciousness, true dharma, Perfect Wisdom, Buddha Nature, Hindrances...
Feb 06 2010
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American Buddhism as a gnostic practice; meaning of the word "tathagata"

Faith, Practice Period, Hindrances, American, Triple Treasure
Feb 03 2007
No Abode Hermitage

Baizhang's Fox

Being clear about cause and effect, intention, karma.

Hindrances, causation, Fox, Skandas, Karmic Consciousness
May 27 2006
No Abode Hermitage