September 1, 2010

The Hindrances (Nivarana, in Pali) - learn what hinders us in our sitting and daily life practices from clarity, being wise, getting concentrated and staying on track

Hello Everyone,

Very grateful to be back from the most difficult retreat I've ever done so far!!

This coming Sunday the 5th of September, we will be looking at the 5 Hindrances. They are basically blocks to our mindfulness practice on and off the cushion. I will be presenting them as the beautiful visual metaphors which the Buddha used to describe their arising, the antidotes to deal effectively with them and then the metaphors which he used to describe the liberating ways in which we feel when they are no longer there.
This is where our practice can get challenging, but the rewards are huge and empowering to our awakening minds and hearts.  Therefore, have courage, patience(khanti), viriya (energetic effort) and perseverence (aditthana) to embark on this journey with me!

Also, don't forget to consider taking the Satipatthana Sutta workshop with Rebecca and I starting the first Saturday morning in October! See flyer attached,

See you soon, Pauletta

Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm
@ Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
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