10/7/2012 – Sloth and Torpor: the Third Hindrance

Michael guided our exploration of Sloth and Torpor, drawing on Buddhist scripture, contemporary contrary interpretations of the dharma, and an excerpt of a talk by Joseph Goldstein.  The sutta on the lazy monks is from the Anguttara Nikaya, and can be found at number 7.6, under persistance (or lack of it)

Jason Siff’s comments on the possibly positive utility of sleepiness can be found in his book “Unlearning Meditation”, esp. pages 108, 112, 124-5.

From Joseph’s talk, we listened to the traditional ways of overcoming sleepiness, utilizing minutes 30:38 through 45:38 of his talk on the Hindrance of Sloth and Torpor