All Insight Dialogue Offerings

Date & Time Details: Tuesdays, April 3 - May 15, 2018, 12:30-2:00 pm US Eastern (see time zone details, listed to the left).

Location: Online via Zoom

Address: Visit the Zoom website to set-up an account, download the software, and access tutorials, if needed.

Gary Steinberg

Space is limited: Due to the nature of online practice there are a limited number of spaces available in this cohort. Out of respect to all who wish to participate we ask that, before registering, you are committed to attending all sessions for the duration of the course.

Offered on a dana basis: This program is being offered in the tradition of dana. Participants are encouraged to explore the opportunity to practice dana, or the cultivation of generosity and giving. Participants may offer a donation to Gary at any point they feel moved; there is no correct sum or time to give. If so moved, donations can be offered by visiting our Giving page.

For more from Gary on the practice of dana, please visit his website.

Working with the Five Hindrances

With Gary Steinberg

April 3 - May 15, 2018

The five hindrances are powerful, archetypal, states of mind that negatively impact practice. They are desire, aversion, restlessness and worry, sloth and torpor, and skeptical doubt. When we view practice as the entirety of our lives we find that these hindrances can have serious effects throughout our entire lives. Hindrances on the cushion spill into our every day lives. Hindrances in our every day lives spill into our time on the cushion. The more we fuel hindrances, the more apt they are to take hold of the mind. But just as easily as we’re swept away by habitual reactivity to these states of mind, we can wake up and see the hindrances with mindfulness. Mindful, we’re in the present moment and a profound shift is available to us. A hindrance can become an object of awareness. We can harness the energy that might typically flow towards habit and distraction, and instead see clearly the nature of how things are. 

Over seven weeks we’ll explore each of these five hindrances, how they manifest, and the impacts both internally and relationally. We’ll utilize the practice of Insight Dialogue to recognize how the hindrances take hold of the mind, and how we can invite release.

Participants will meet online in real-time via Zoom (web video conference) for 90 minutes on Tuesdays for seven consecutive weeks. Each session will include take-home practices for silent practice and our day-to-day lives.

Weekly Practice Schedule
April 3 – Don’t fear the hindrances
April 10 – Greed
April 17 – Ill will
April 24 – Restlessness and Worry
May 1 – Sloth and Torpor
May 8 – Doubt
May 15 – Life integration

Times by time zone
9:30-11:00am US PDT (Los Angeles)
12:30-2:00pm US EDT (New York)
1:30-3:00pm BRT (São Paulo)
5:30-7:00pm BDT (London)
6:30-8:00pm CEDT (Amsterdam)

If your time zone is not listed, please use a timezone converter to determine your local time. Daylight savings time changes may impact participants in New Zealand and Australia.


Gary Steinberg
Gary Steinberg is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. Over the years he has served many roles within Metta Programs, including Program Director for online offerings, Executive Director, and member of the Teachers’ Council. Gary teaches silent meditation, Insight Dialogue, Dharma Contemplation, and other forms of sutta study. In addition, he has taught…
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