Scope of the 5 hindrances?

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Scope of the 5 hindrances?

Post by 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?

Post by tiltbillings » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:52 am

http://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/?q=five+hindrances" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There several talks by Joseph Goldstein in this group. The most recent:
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/1406/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; 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?

Post by 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?

Spiny
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.
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Re: Scope of the 5 hindrances?

Post by 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/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; 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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