One of the interesting aspects of formal practice and daily living is that everyone experiences the challenge of working wisely with the so-called Five Hindrances (nivaranas):
- desire (wanting, lusting, grasping);
- aversion (anger, irritation, judgement, resentment, bitterness);
- restlessness of mind and body;
- heaviness in body and mind (including boredom); and
- doubt (or lack of trust/confidence in oneself, one's teacher or the teachings)
Sometimes we may imagine or be told that we need to resist, overcome or go beyond these difficult and unpleasant experiences. We may think that we must rid ourselves of them to arrive at a better place or that there is something wrong with us or our practice that they arise at all. This course will explore making use of these naturally occurring conditions to deepen learning about who we most truly are and heal divisions in our inner and outer lives. We will learn to use the Five Hindrances as guides to liberation and skillful living.
Doug Phillips has taught insight meditation since 1995. He brings a strong commitment and interest to the integration of formal practice and intimacy in relationships in daily living. His teaching has been deeply influenced by Larry Rosenberg, Vimala Thakar and J. Krishnamurti, and he is the Senior Guiding Teacher for Empty Sky Sangha in West Cornwall, CT and Lexington, MA. Doug is also an authorized teacher of Koan Zen in the Soto tradition and a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA.