The Buddhist tradition speaks directly about
the hindrances that are encountered in the course of the spiritual
journey. The Buddha clearly pointed out those mental states that
hinder our concentration and obscure the natural ease of mind.
When we look to our experience we see that these metaphors
are not just about some abstract philosophy. Rather,
they reflect the contraction and imprisonment of our minds when
we’re lost in the hindrances and the freedom of mind that’s
possible when we become aware of them.
In this course you have an opportunity to address central questions
for anyone undertaking a spiritual life: Is there a way understand
the root forces of greed, fear, prejudice, hatred, and desire,
which create so much sorrow in our life and in the world? Is
there a skillful way to work with these energies? Can they become
an opportunity for deepening wisdom and more compassionate action