The Five Hindrances: Working with Desire

The Five Hindrances: Working with Desire If we wish to achieve some meditative stability, or some peace in our lives in general, the Buddha’s teaching on the five hindrances is worth considering. The first of these is desire. If you have a western religious background of any kind, you may think that the Buddha is saying desire is a hindrance because it is bad. This, however, is not the point. Desire naturally arises in the mind, sometimes something as minor as “I want a drink of water,” sometimes an overwhelming passion. Yet any kind of desire is a disturbance in the mind. That is, it takes you away from a state of contentment. If you observe the mind carefully, you may notice times wh

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