The Five Hindrances are obstacles that arise in our meditation practice—and in our lives—that throw us into confusion. They are: Desire, Aversion, Laziness, Restlessness, and Doubt. Each of them has its own way of knocking us off the path of practice, and yet, dealing with the Hindrances is our practice. If we had no negative emotional states to confront, we wouldn't be on the spiritual path at all! In this retreat, New York Times-bestselling author Sharon Salzberg guides us from the Hindrances to their antidotes, helpful metal states that will improve our lives on the cushion and off.
Sharon Salzberg has been an intensive meditator since 1971. A cofounder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Sharon is also the author of such modern classics of Buddhist literature as Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, The Kindness Handbook, and her latest, Real Happiness, which earned a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. Read more about Sharon Salzberg.