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    Sharon Salzberg on Restlessness in Meditation Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the third talk, "The Five Hindrances: Sleepiness and Restlessness," of her Tricycle Retreat: More »
  • Advice for Dealing with Sleepiness in Meditation Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the third talk, "The Five Hindrances: Sleepiness and Restlessness," of her Tricycle Retreat: More »
  • How To Relate to Anger Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the second talk, "The Five Hindrances: Desire and Aversion," of her Tricycle Retreat: When we step back and re-vision our understanding of life then we don't need to get so lost in our anger. When we look at anger as it arises, what's important is to look at the very feeling, flavor, and texture of anger. We don't say, "This is wrong," "This is bad," "I shouldn't have this anger." Just pay attention to the feeling. More »
  • Fear and Anger are the Same Mind State Paid Member

    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 and fear is the held in, frozen, imploding form. More »
  • The Five Hindrances: Can't Desire Be a Good Thing? Paid Member

    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.   Sharon Salzberg's new book Real Happiness is available to Tricycle Community members for the month of April with a 20% discount, free shipping in the US, and free e-book for instant download. More »
  • What are the Five Hindrances? Paid Member

    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 our actual lives, so too we find these same mental qualities coming up.These states, which are desire, attachment, aversion (anger or fear), sleepiness/restlessness, and doubt, come up so often. We tangle with them a lot. Their arising is not the problem, it's our relationship with them that's the problem. When we get overwhelmed, consumed, and/or defined by these states, that's when they become hindrances. More »