Doubt in Buddhism


“Doubt is the fifth of the five hindrances to insight in meditation teaching, writes Sharon Salzburg, in a post about doubting.”  The other hindrances, grasping, aversion, sleepiness, and restlessness are easier to see than doubt, she says, as it “often disguises itself to us as something skillful, like a brilliant thought.” Brilliant thoughts are often the crafty method used to avoid difficult things such as acceptance or understanding.

Salzburg’s post provides these other thoughts: “Don’t believe anything. See for yourself what’s true,” from Buddha, which, like much great wisdom, come across as obvious, a platitude, but is not. And I was also struck by what Salzburg’s guru said in response to some students going off and trying out other gurus, “The dharma (the truth, the nature of things, the way or the path to freedom) doesn’t suffer from comparison.”

Author: Caterina Fake

Literature, Art, Poetry, Homeschooling Mother. Founder & CEO, Findery. Co-founder, Flickr & Hunch.

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