Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970, and teaches at Dharma centers and groups internationally. He is guiding teacher of the Metta Dharma Foundation, and cofounder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and of Mindful Schools. He practices and teaches meditation that integrates compassion, mindfulness, concentration and insight as one path of practice. Richard is the author of The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation and The Experience of Samadhi.
Richard answers the Sangha questions about hindrances during meditation such as noise and sleepiness and later discusses the Hindrances in general. Along the way he also explains the refuges and talks about the importance of intention in meditation.