Dealing with the Five Hindrances

| July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The five hindrances get in the way of our meditation, and get in the way of living wisely. Here we will look at them and at methods for dealing with them skillfully, mostly from the early tradition.

A good source for information on the hindrances in early Buddhism is Anālayo’s book “From Craving to Liberation — Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pāli Discourses (1)“.

For an earlier essay of mine on this topic see “Working with the Hindrances“.


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Doug Smith

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at

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