Scope of the 5 hindrances?

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Scope of the 5 hindrances?

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:43 am

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?

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Re: Scope of the 5 hindrances?

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:52 am

http://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/?q=five+hindrances

There several talks by Joseph Goldstein in this group. The most recent:
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/1406/ This is terms of meditative/insight practice.

But there is a lot to choose from and my guess they all are in terms of actual practice.
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Re: Scope of the 5 hindrances?

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:46 pm

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?

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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.
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Scope of the 5 hindrances?

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:57 pm

tiltbillings wrote:http://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/?q=five+hindrances

There several talks by Joseph Goldstein in this group. The most recent:
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/1406/ This is terms of meditative/insight practice.

But there is a lot to choose from and my guess they all are in terms of actual practice.


Thanks. Unfortunately I can't download these as I use a computer in a public library. Anyway, I'll have a look on the internet and do some reading on the hindrances.

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