This is the first of a series of talks about panca nivarana, the five hindrances described in the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness.  In this talk, Peter described how an initial stimulus is transformed into a hindrance through craving and clinging.  A “seed moment” of stimulation is dynamically organized into a selfing process that hinders the creativity and adaptive capabilities of the mind. He described how the panca indriya, the five faculties of Buddhist psychology, provide a an influence that counters the hindrances.  This was followed by discussion of how these concepts are realized through the practice of mindfulness of breathing meditation.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  THE FIVE HINDRANCES

The topic for next week’s discussion is the hindrance of sensual desire.