Hindrances Talks

In the Buddhist tradition, the five hindrances (Sinhala: පඤ්ච නීවරණ, romanized: pañca nīvaraṇa; Pali: pañca nīvaraṇāni) are identified as mental factors that hinder progress in meditation and in daily life. In the Theravada tradition, these factors are identified specifically as obstacles to the jhānas (stages of concentration) within meditation practice. Within the Mahayana tradition, the five hindrances are identified as obstacles to samatha (tranquility) meditation. Contemporary Insight Meditation teachers identify the five hindrances as obstacles to mindfulness meditation.

The five hindrances are:

Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): seeking for pleasure through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling. Ill-will (vyāpāda; also spelled byāpāda): feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness. Sloth-and-torpor (thīna-middha): half-hearted action with little or no effort or concentration. Restlessness-and-worry (uddhacca-kukkucca): the inability to calm the mind and focus one's energy. Doubt (vicikiccha): lack of conviction or trust in one's abilities.

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Intelligence of the Natural World

Serial: SF-00941

Sesshin Lecture: frog chorus; silence and activity; pain and fear of pain; Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma, Silence, Buddha Ancestors, Composure, Buddha Nature, Hindrances, Zendo,...
Apr 07 2007
Green Gulch

Developing Confidence in Buddha Nature

Serial: SF-00074

Sunday talk.
Koan with the wild ducks; story of the king who questioned the Buddha; report on global warming.

Global Warming, Buddha Mind, Hindrances, Delusion, Practice Period, Dragons, Lineage...
Mar 18 2007
Green Gulch Farm

Buddhas And Sentient Beings Are Not Two

Serial: SF-01026

One-day sitting lecture: positive encouragement; nirvana; five hindrances; preliminary practices; three worlds; jhanas - benefits and ptifalls; Four Noble Truths; Mahayana...

Hindrances, Nirvana, Concentration, Samadhi, Four Noble Truths, Liberation, Freedom,...
Sep 16 2006
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

Mindfulness, Letting Go, Practice Period, Hindrances, Liberation, Balance,...
Nov 12 2005

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-01042

Zendo Lecture Day 1

Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Enemies, Instruction,...
Nov 10 2005

Zendo Lecture

Zazen Mind, Precepts, Karma, Hindrances, Priest, Peace, Practice Period, Freedom,...
Jul 15 2005

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-01931

Sesshin 3 Day 7

Practice Period, Tassajara, Freedom, Suzuki Roshi, Buddha Nature, Zazen, Zendo, Faith...
Mar 29 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Five Ranks, Platform Sutra, Discrimination, Ego, Ordinary Mind, Hindrances, Letting...
Feb 28 2005

Ordinary Mind and Buddha Mind

Serial: SF-03578

Sesshin 2 Day 6

Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind, Continuous, Composure, Suzuki Roshi, Dream World,...
Feb 25 2005

Lotus Sutra Class

Serial: SF-03484

Dining Room Class

Dragons, Lotus Sutra, Manjushri, Mahayana, Emptiness, Hindrances, Diversity,...
Nov 27 2004

Sesshin Lecture

Practice Period, Greed, Sanctuary, Hate, Freedom, Chanting, Tassajara, Hindrances,...
Oct 28 2003

December 8th, 2002, Serial No. 03985

Mindfulness, Separation, Hindrances, Judgement, Hate, Suzuki Roshi, Greed, Commitment...
Dec 08 2002
City Center

November 16th, 2002, Serial No. 00977

Ordinary Mind, Practice Period, Mindfulness, Letting Go, Suzuki Roshi, Freedom,...
Nov 16 2002
City Center


Serial: SF-04013

Summer intensive

Demons, Hindrances, Delusion, Anger, Letting Go, Zazen, Doubt, Separation, Happiness...
Aug 01 2002
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-04039

Listening without judgement, compassion, what hinders our ability, fear of not being helpful, generosity, 98% is about me, reflective listening, cultivate spaciousness, arguing...

Cultivation, Conversation, training, Observe, Precepts, Avalokiteshvara, Zendo,...
Jun 30 2002
Green Gulch

December 8th, 2001, Serial No. 03938

Ego, Hindrances, Don't Know Mind, Daily Life, Zazen, Vows, Doubt, Emptiness,...
Dec 08 2001
City Center

Hindrances: Fear

Hindrances, Don't Know Mind, Letting Go, Dana, Anger, Emotions, Suzuki Roshi,...
Dec 03 2000
City Center

Tenzo Kyokun Class

Emptiness, Dragons, Intimacy, Dharma Transmission, Zazen, Hindrances, Impermanence,...
Nov 21 2000
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-00064

Sunday dharma talk.

Letting Go, Peace, Attachment, Freedom, Practice Period, Hindrances, Nirvana, Doubt,...
Dec 05 1999

December 5th, 1999, Serial No. 03927

Hindrances, Doubt, Emotions, Enthusiasm, Emptiness, Greed, Silence, Attachment,...
Dec 05 1999
City Center

Saturday Lecture

Freedom, Separation, Delusion, Vows, Teacher-and-Student, Patience, Non-violence,...
Jul 04 1998
City Center

Wednesday Lecture

Emotions, resistance, Practice Period, Vows, Separation, Anger, Daily Life, Doubt,...
Jan 07 1998
City Center

Majjhima Nikaya

Mindfulness, Hindrances, Evil, Liberation, Soto Zen, Lay, Doubt, Faith, Daily Life,...
Jul 10 1997
Green Gulch


Hindrances, Heart Sutra, Mahayana, Zazen, Letting Go, Vimalakirti, Suzuki Roshi,...
Mar 15 1997

January 15th, 1997, Serial No. 02685

Priest, Intimacy, Tassajara, Heart Sutra, Zendo, Emotions, Zazen, Ceremony,...
Jan 15 1997

On Breath and Breathing

Serial: SF-03114

Sunday Lecture - if you pick up one piece of dust, the whole universe comes with it

Emotions, Mindfulness, zen meditation, Four Noble Truths, confusion, Hindrances,...
Jan 12 1997
Green Gulch

This Very Mind Is Buddha - Understanding Birth And Death

Serial: SF-00042

Sunday talk.

Birth-and-Death, Precepts, Repentance, Letting Go, Buddha Ancestors, Hindrances,...
Nov 26 1995

Karma and Family Place

Serial: SF-02689A

From the BZC archive

Transmission, Karma, Offering, Lineage, Hindrances, Religion, Gratitude, Zazen,...
Nov 12 1995
Berkeley Zen Center

Bowing, Sleepiness and Restlessness

Serial: SF-00152

Wednesday dharma talk.

Chanting, Bowing, Heart Sutra, Posture, Ceremony, Zendo, Hindrances, Vows, Suzuki...
Oct 04 1995
Green Gulch Farm

Sunday Lecture

Vows, Buddha Mind, Hindrances, Monkey Mind, Buddha's Birthday, Six Realms,...
Apr 16 1995
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Anger, Nirvana, Emotions, Cultivation, Posture, Hindrances, Greed, Forgiveness,...
Feb 14 1993
Green Gulch

Gratitude and Generosity

Serial: SF-03928

Sunday Lecture

Gratitude, Obstacles, Hindrances, Daily Life, Offering, Zazen, Continuous, Posture,...
Oct 26 1990
Green Gulch

Receiving the Precepts

Serial: SF-00061

One day sitting

Precepts, Triple Treasure, Repentance, Offering, Duality, Karma, Hindrances, Teacher-...
Aug 21 1990
Green Gulch Farm

Practicing without Expectation/Generosity

Serial: SF-03935

Sunday Lecture

Cultivation, Happiness, Precepts, Bodhisattva Vow, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi,...
Aug 19 1990
Green Gulch

October 27th, 1989, Serial No. 01055

true dharma, Emptiness, Oneness, Buddha Nature, Separation, Vows, Karma, Suzuki Roshi...
Oct 27 1989

Dzögchen Teachings

Serial: SF-02717

Commercially produced cassette

Gratitude, Nirvana, Peace, Offering, Religion, realization, Mandala, Non-violence,...
Oct 09 1989
San Jose


Serial: SF-00049

Sunday lecture

Suzuki Roshi, Religion, Emptiness, Observe, Heart Sutra, Liberation, Vows, Zendo,...
May 07 1989
Green Gulch Farm


Subject-and-Object, Hindrances, Emptiness, Hate, Nirvana, Gratitude, Offering,...
May 06 1989

Lion's Roar

Emptiness, Hindrances, Ego, Bodhisattva Vow, Peace, Commitment, stubbornness,...
Dec 30 1988


Forgiveness, resistance, Mill Valley, Hindrances, Cultivation, Anger, Daily Life,...
Sep 06 1987
Green Gulch

The Five Hindrances

Four Noble Truths, Anger, Doubt, Demons, Mindfulness, Greed, Hindrances, Balance,...
Jun 30 1983


Intuition, Subject-and-Object, Nirvana, Hindrances, Interview, Lay
May 25 1975


Attachment, Balance, Concentration, resistance, Hindrances, Obstacles, Right Effort,...
May 20 1973

Consciousness - Second and Third Types

Hindrances, Concentration, Mindfulness, Karma, Equanimity, training, Oneness, Sangha...
May 18 1973