Doubt: The Fifth Hindrance

The Fifth Hindrance: Doubt Doubt can, of course, be a positive word when used in contrast to naïve belief. It is of course potentially harmful to swallow everything we hear without considering it, and the Buddha warned against this kind of naïveté. But when doubt comes up in our practice, it can nullify what we are doing. That’s what makes it so dangerous. Suddenly, though we are well into a sit, we start to wonder what we’re doing and why. Does it really make sense? Wouldn’t it be just as well to amuse or entertain myself, to watch television maybe, or to enjoy a little snack? This kind of doubt is a little like the doubt of the long distance runner. Suddenly in the midst of a long ru

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