Five Hindrances – Buddhism

The Five Hindrances in Buddhism

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Introduction

Buddhist writings often reference the Five Hindrances when discussing obstacles in meditation, but if you continue meditating and are aware of the hindrances as they build up inside you, observe the sensation of the hindrance, then let it go. You will learn to recognize each hindrance as it you become more aware of the sensation of each.

1. Sensual Desires

As rain penetrates an ill-thatched house,
So lust penetrates an undeveloped mind.

As rain does not penetrate a well-thatched house,
So lust does not penetrate a well-developed mind.

Dhammapada (13-14)

2. Ill Will (wishing ill will towards another being)

Weeds are the ruin of fields; Ill will is the ruin of people.

Dhammapada (357)

3. Sloth and Torpor

Not arousing oneself from discontent and laziness is the proximate cause for sloth and torpor.

Commentary to the Middle Length Discourses

4. Restlessness and Remorse

Frequently giving unwise attention to a restless mind nourishes restlessness and remorse that is occurring and which has not yet occurred.

SN 46:51

5. Doubt or Uncertainty

“I know of no other single thing that has the power to bring on doubt and to cause doubt to increase, than unwise attention.”

~The Buddha 


See also: 10 Unwholesome ActionsThe 38 Supreme Blessings, Benefits of Meditation

Your Condition is Your Own Making

Your current condition in life is what you have thought it to be; your life is your own creation, so take control for hell sakes. 

“All that man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man’s weakness and strength, purity, and impurity, are his own, and not another man’s. They are brought about by himself and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. His conditions are also his own, and not another man’s. His suffering and his happiness are evolved within. As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”

~ James Allen

Madness, by #Nietzsche

Madness, in my opinion, does not capture the current political bullshit going on, but this quote is as close as I have seen that describes it:

quote-madness

“Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages, it is the rule.”  ~ Friedrich #Nietzsche #politicalmadness #feeltheburn

Five Things We Cannot Change

The 5 Things We Cannot Change

“…the underlying roots of unhappiness – and the surprising secret to finding freedom and fulfillment. There are certain facts of life that we cannot change – the unavoidable “givens” of human existence: (1) everything changes and ends, (2) things do not always go according to plan, (3) life is not always fair, (4) pain is a part of life, and (5) people are not loving and loyal all the time.” From the book “The Five Things We Cannot Change…and The happiness we Find by Embracing Them”

fiveI purchased The Five Things We Cannot Change…and the Happiness we Find by Embracing Them.  I’ve read parts of this book in the past, but the quote I’m using from the book for my opening paragraph on this post always stuck with me. Although I don’t always remember the “five things,” I do eventually remember and am able to get a grip on myself and can then use other tools I’ve learned to aid me to get past or let go whatever the situation is and eventually reduce my own suffering.

I’ve listed each of the five and have added my comments to each:

1. Everything changes (and ends): The one constant in this life, from what I’ve learned in 46 years, is everything changes. Everything. Everything ends, too. Everything comes to an end at some point.

2. Things don’t always go as planned: I hate this one because I’m a planner. It’s due to a social anxiety complex I’m working on, but as of this moment, I cannot just “up and go” to dinner or camping. I have to plan that shit out. So, although I understand and agree with it, I do not like it one bit.

3. Life is not always fair: We all figured this out before ten years of age, but it’s still a bitch when you are the one to which life is unfair. I hate being that guy – the guy that is left out for whatever reason. The guy with the dog poo on his shoe…this guy.

4. Pain is a part of life or Suffering is part of Life:  I think should be “Suffering is part of life” because the word “pain” leads one to think “physical” pain. Suffering begs the question, “In what way?” Physical pain (more as I get older) and mental pain are both pain. Because of Rule 3., you better suck it up and tough it out. Be the best you can be right now at this moment. Learn from the past, be in the preset, and forget about the future.

5colrs5. People are not loving and loyal all the time: This is a killer. You don’t learn, really learn, this until you are in a long-term relationship, married, or you’ve been fortunate enough to learn your parents are people just like we are and they are not loving and loyal all the time to each other or to us.

6. No one is looking out for you except you: I didn’t see this until later in life. For example, when your wife, husband, child, parents, or another that is very close to you, makes a decision that benefits them and in doing so degraded your benefit in some way. Lying comes to mind here – people lie to hide a truth that the person from whom they are hiding it would benefit them and take away a benefit from you. They are not in this for you any more than you are in this life for me.

Six isn’t in the book, but I think it fits the list.