Normally, it seems the five hindrances are hindrances to meditation rather than objects of meditation. It seems that is why they are called "hindrances".
As i understand it, anupassi (closely watching) meditation is free from gross or ordinary thought, which is why there are suttas, such as MN 19 & 20, about removing distracting thoughts.
No. The above sounds incorrect and sounds like annihilationism. You still seem to believe there is a "self" or "identity" or "our" that "dies". It seems it is you (and not me) that is an annihilationist. DN 1 & Iti 49 are suttas than define annihilationism.
The Buddha never spoke of any candle (apart from a lamp that extinguishes when the fuel ceases, in MN 140). Also, the candle is an illogical explanation, given a candle flame cannot exist without a candle body or wax that fuels the candle. The idea that a candle can pass on a flame to another candle is the same idea that a living body (rather than a dead body) would pass on consciousness to another living body. It doesn't make sense, at least to me, that a dead body is the same as a candle with a flame. The candle with a flame is a "living candle" rather than a "dead candle". A dead candle cannot pass on a flame.
Obviously, it is the wrong way because the Buddha never taught your way. The Buddha did not teach about candles and rebirth. The Buddha taught beings are 'reborn' according to their kamma/deeds. This is the right way to explain.
The Buddha did not teach the non-sense above. You sounds like a nihilistic heretic that wishes to abandon personal responsibility for your kamma. The Buddha taught beings are heirs to their actions. Yet you seem to be preaching you will not be the heir to your actions. Also, it appears your view is definitely Annihilationist, given you believe "you" or "me" will die.
Sorry but there is practising for Ariya and fruit of Ariya. The puthujjana practitioner must have Ariya View and then take a leap of faith/trust into the Stream. To enter the Stream requires two things: (i) Right View & (ii) practising the Right View. The puthujjana that only comprehends the Right View will remain a Puthujjana. But the Puthujjana that practises the Right View will become a Stream-Enterer. The Ariya are called those that "practise" ("patipanno").
Sorry but Sotapanna has reduced and eliminated many attachments. Refer to SN 13.1:
I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi at Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery.
Then the Blessed One, picking up a little bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monks, "What do you think, monks? Which is greater: the little bit of dust I have picked up with the tip of my fingernail, or the great earth?"
"The great earth is far greater, lord. The little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail is next to nothing. It's not a hundredth, a thousandth, a one hundred-thousandth — this little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail — when compared with the great earth."
"In the same way, monks, for a disciple of the noble ones who is consummate in view, an individual who has broken through [to stream-entry], the suffering & stress that is totally ended & extinguished is far greater. That which remains in the state of having at most seven remaining is next to nothing: it's not a hundredth, a thousandth, a one hundred-thousandth, when compared with the previous mass of suffering. That's how great the benefit is of breaking through to the Dhamma, monks. That's how great the benefit is of obtaining the Dhamma eye."
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
It is actually an opportunity to practise wise reflection about the teachings and learn properly, as the Buddha taught in AN 10.61 and many other places.
I do not take offense because I do not believe in Cultural Marxism and I do not suffer fools gladly. Dhamma discussion here is a chance for you, me and others to learn. Here, teachers with metta can teach you and us. For example, on this topic, you probably made at least a dozen assertions, that the suttas i quoted showed were incorrect or wrong view.
Its always ironic & funny when the "reincarnation gang", the "liberal sex" gang & the "five hindrance Satipatthana meditators" claim to have "dispassion"; even funnier when its "dispassion due to impermanence". The reality of this exchange is the passion for rebirth (a form of bhavatanha) was the cause for its arising.