Five Hindrances – Buddhism

The Five Hindrances in Buddhism

five hindrences

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

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