Category Archives: Hindrances

Dhammapada verse 171

Come, look on this worldAs a beautified royal chariot.Fools flounder in it,But the discerning do not cling. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This compact verse implies that, for some people, the whole world of experience is like a fancy car. We … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 163

It’s easy to do what is not goodAnd things that harm oneself.It’s very difficult to doThings beneficial and good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Fact: Addictive behaviors are easy to surrender to – social media, food, drugs, alcohol, television, pornography. Not … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 162

They who cover themselves with their own corrupt conduct,Like a creeper covers a tree,Do to themselvesWhat an enemy wishes for them. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Even if we have real enemies, their power … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 123

As a merchantCarrying great wealth in a small caravanAvoids a dangerous road;As someone who loves lifeAvoids poison;So should you avoid evil deeds. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) What’s most precious to us? What would we protect before anything else? One answer … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 85 & 86

Few are the people who reach the other shore. Many are the people who run about on this shore. But those who are in accord with the Dharma — with the well-taught Dharma — will go beyond the realm of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 39

For one who is awake, Whose mind isn’t overflowing [with greed], Whose heart isn’t afflicted [with hatred] And who has abandoned both merit and demerit, Fear does not exist. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We’re still in the section of the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 13&14

As rain penetrates an ill-thatched house, so lust penetrates an uncultivated mind. As rain does not penetrate a well-thatched house, so lust does not penetrate a well-cultivated mind.  (translated by Gil Fronsdal) In these verses, lust refers to wanting of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 3&4

“He abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those carrying on like this, Hatred does not end. “She abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those not carrying on like this, Hatred ends. —(translated by Gil … Continue reading

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Mindfulness with doubt

It may seem unlikely that we could be mindful of doubt or confusion, but it is possible and offers a rich area for investigation. When we’ve laid our doubts to rest we can experience a deep faith in the path … Continue reading

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Mindfulness with agitation

Within the context of cultivating mindfulness of dharmas/principles/phenomena, we’re considering the hindrances. Today’s work involves the hindrance of “restlessness-and-worry”, the fourth of the five. To start with, let’s distinguish this hindrance from generalized anxiety, a spectrum of mental illness from … Continue reading

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