Deerhaven 2015 Third Night Dhamma Talk

by Peter Carlson on March 28, 2015

During this talk, Peter described the Five Hindrances, the primary afflictions that distort our perceptions about reality.  They are sense desire, aversion and ill-will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and skeptical doubt.  Peter described how, in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness discourse, there are instructions to notice the presence, absence, causes and solutions for the hindrances.  He mentioned the Seven Awakening Factors as antidotes for the hindrances.  He emphasized that experience is a process, and energy flow that can be free and adaptive, while the hindrances operate as “energy dumps”.

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