Spiny O'Norman wrote:I've assumed that the five hindrances (pañca nīvaraṇāni) are specifically obstacles to developing samadhi, but can they be seen as obstacles to pursuing the 8-fold path generally?
I would have thought they hinder a lot of things in life, the difference is that in Buddhist meditation you are encouraged to be aware of them and not buy into them rather than just going along with them.
“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.” ― Ajahn Chah