During this talk, Peter described dukkha as distress and confusion rather than the traditional term suffering, as he believes the alternate terms are more specifically targeted on craving (distress) and clinging (confusion), the causes of dukkha.  The development of aiming and sustaining attention on breath awareness is the primary skill to be cultivated in this effort.  He described the Five Hindrances in their characteristics, function and antidotes, with mindfulness of breathing leading the way.  The result from setting aside the hindrances is the experience of Samma Samadhi, Right Concentration, an element of the Noble Eightfold Path.  This was followed by a question and answer period to address the day’s experience and the topic of this talk.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  THE-OUT-OF-BALANCE-MIND