The Five Hindrances

The Five Hindrances

The Buddha taught that there are five mental states called “the five hindrances” that negatively impact our ability to free our mind. The Five Hindrances are: Sensual desire (desire for sensory things) Ill will (negative feelings towards others and...
The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra

One of the major daily chants at the Zen Mountain Monastery is the Heart Sutra, considered by many as capturing the essence of Buddhism in several short verses and well crafted lines. I was drawn to study this Sutra because of its seemingly high emphasis on negation...