Dharma Study Session: Practicing with the Five Hindrances

  • 03 Dec 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 13



Dharma Study Session: Practicing with the Five Hindrances

As meditators, we inevitably experience wants, aversions, fogginess, restlessness, and doubt on the cushion -- and in daily life. The Buddha called these powerful mind states the Five Hindrances. These states are obstacles that distract us from practice. They can also be fuel for insights on a spiritual path.

In this Dharma Study Session, we’ll examine the Buddha’s teachings on the hindrances to see when they arise in the mind, when they are absent, and how to loosen their grip with non-judgmental use of anecdotes. We'll read sutta excerpts on the hindrances from the Pali Canon as well as teacher commentary on them. This session will also include a short meditation period in which to practice and plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

A study materials document containing excerpts from the Pali Sutta Pitaka and other texts, as well as a list of recommended reading, is available on the Dharma Study Session Home page.  




Online: This study session will be available over Zoom. To join, please use this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/ , and follow the prompts to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a short break in the middle. The session will start promptly, so if you are unsure of your Zoom or internet connection, please try to connect a few minutes early.

Dana: There is no fee to attend though a donation to Red Clay Sangha is welcome and is used to help us pay our rent and utility bills including monthly charges for Zoom, an internet connection, electricity, and insurance.

About the Study Session Leader

Katie Rhodes is a member of Red Clay Sangha. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She uses mindfulness-based cognitive approaches in her work as a psychotherapist. She has a doctorate in clinical social work.

Questions? Please email Katie Rhodes

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