Grove Burnett: 5-11-11: Deconstructing the Hindrances That Torment the Mind

Speaker: Grove Burnett

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Continuing with the theme of his talk last week, Grove Burnett brings awareness to mental impediments. He demarcates the five hindrances to enlightenment as taught by the Buddha: desire, aversion, torpor, restlessness, and doubt. These are “torments of the mind,” Grove explains; they are obstacles that must be overcome in meditation practice. Grove emphasizes, as the Buddha did, that these hindrances are not to be underestimated: “It is essential to extinguish them in order to step on to the path of liberation and self-realization.”

Grove Burnett is founder of the Western Environmental Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm and has had a distinguished career representing environmental organizations and Indian Tribes across the West. He has been named four times to The Best Lawyers in America, which lists the top 1% of the nation’s lawyers.

Grove is also co-founder of the Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, a wilderness ranch and contemplative center for the nonprofit and activist community, located 45 miles west of Taos. Grove has trained extensively in the Buddhist traditions for over 25 years with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to teaching meditation retreats at Vallecitos, he teaches retreats with Steven Smith, Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein, including meditation retreats for the Yale Law School and the Insight Meditation Society.

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