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Mental factors that hinder progress in meditation. The five hindrances are sensual desire, ill will, sloth/torpor, anxiety and doubt

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Samatha meditation continuation problem / lose urge to continue

I know this is not the place for this kind of questions. But I post this anyway. I am seeking advice on Samatha meditation. Time to time, I get strong urge to do Samatha meditation.(I'm not an expert ...
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Ignorance and 5 hindrances

The five hindrances or obstacles of common buddhism are: worry/restlessness/regret /distraction hate (ill-will) sensual desire skeptical doubt (ignorance?) lazy/lethargy Ignorance is not listed. ...
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Sutta references for hindrances and jhana related statements

In the YouTube video entitled "Characteristics of a Sotapanna", Ven. Dhammavuddho Mahathera stated (with some paraphrasing): So who are the people who do not have the five hindrances? In ...
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How to overcome fear of annihilation in meditation and why is it not included in list of hindrances to meditation?

Over a period of last few years I have almost completely eradicated the 'five hindrances' to meditation. However, sometimes when I am in deep meditation, I feel an intense fear of 'getting annihilated'...
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Does regret help us to correct our faults?

Does regret / guilt help us to correct our faults? Doesn't the pain from our faults push us to the correct path?
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How does the Buddha subdue fear in MN4?

In MN4 does the Buddha subdue the fear by: Observing it with mindfulness until it goes away, thereby seeing the Three Characteristics? Subdue it with samatha meditation, i.e. to shift attention away ...
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Which of the five hindrance does 'comparison' fall in?

Which of the five hindrances does 'comparison' come under? I mean when the mind starts chattering, "he is better than me, he succeeded where I failed, he got this and I got nothing, he got better ...
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How come desire and sati causes sleepness?

I never felt asleep,When I am watching TV.But when I am studying or listening to Dhamma, sometimes I have felt asleep. What may be the cause of this ? But I can say, if I am falling asleep while ...
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Relaxation vs Laziness

In karniyametta sutta, Lord Buddha advised us to be relaxed and not to cling to the work. How can I recognise relaxation from laziness ?
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Categorizing common thoughts patterns and believes

Are there any list of thought patterns / believes of a person who have extream aversion, conceite .... etc ? There is an android app that gives a similar result. (I'm not sure that I can linked to a ...
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Doing the opposite of not skillfull things

Will it helpful to do the opposite of not skillfull things without having deeper knowledge of that thing ? Ex: I asked a question on Laziness, here. But didn't recived a satisfying answer. So,Can ...
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Is procastinating lengthen the samsara?

I know that good or bad karma lengthen the samsara. Similary, Is procastination / laziness lengthen the samsara ?
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Is lazyness a killer?

If so, in how far is it a killer, a quality that harms? How does it arises, when arising? How does it vanish? [Note that this isn't given/asked for trade, exchange, stakes or other layziness ...
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How come enlightened people don't have any laziness?

I just heard that enlightened people have zero laziness. How is it possible? What is "laziness" ? What is the connection between laziness and ego/desire? Edit: Also that monk said: "Laziness is ...
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Overcoming sensual craving for food

I've become interested in Buddhism a couple of months ago, and I try to meditate daily, which had very positive effects on my anxiety and overall feeling so far. I am prone to feeling overwhelming ...
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Nirvana & the fall of the 5 Hinderances

What more is Nirvana than the perminant fall of The Five Hinderances? Could one perform bad karma with all the hinderances eradicated? What about neutral or even good karma?
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Sloth and the Hindrances

In ven. Nyanaponika Thera's compilation, The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest, some aspects seem to recur: One should attend to hindrances -- sloth included -- with wise attention and not ...
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The "working-ground" (kammatthana) of the five hindrances

My question is about the following passage (taken from the section on the five hindrances here): One who earnestly aspires to the unshakable deliverance of the mind should, therefore, select a ...
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Managing sloth and torpor in meditation?

Recently sloth and torpor has been a huge hindrance in meditation; my biggest hindrance as it happens. I've managed to reduce the bulk of it but I find that it's still hanging around in some sessions. ...
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What are the different forms of nibbāna?

Often people refer to nibbāna with the cessation of all mental defilements. However, does nibbāna also encompass 'momentary cooling off', for example when one engages in the various contemplations / ...
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Is there a list of things to abandon before abandoning craving?

There are several things which Buddha asked us to abandon before we can abandon craving finally. For example Buddha asks us to abandon five fetters and hindrances. My question is : Is there a ...
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Doubts and Ungathered Mind

I have asked questions many times here, and I have come to the conclusion that my mind easily tricks me. I speculate and doubt to a very great extent, and feel aversion to fear and effort; I will ...
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How do I get rid of ill will?

People who have done wrong to me remain in my memory and continuously stay in my mind. I have feelings of ill will and hatered towards them...to revenge...how do I get out of the feelings of ill will.....
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Best meditation techniques (mindfulness,vipassana,yoga,zazen,TM,etc) to beat behavioral addictions (food,sex,porn,gambling,internet,videogames,etc)?

For a layman who wants to overcome behavioral addictions (i.e. any "addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward", such ...
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Why are desires in The Five Hindrances only about "sensual" desires?

The five hindrances consist of sensual desires. ill-will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and doubt. I have often wondered why the first hindrance are limited to sensual desires as this is leaving out ...
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Which eliminate the hindrance permanently Noble eightfold path or supermundane?

Do they both play a role in getting rid of the hindrances or is one better then the other? How do they eliminate them?
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Wise reflection on Dhamma with momentary concentration, without meditation

In the essay entitled "The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest" by Ven. Nyanaponika, he wrote: Not only the meditative absorptions but also lesser degrees of mental concentration are ...
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How to concentrate to suppress hindrances? [duplicate]

I heard one needs concentration to abandon the hindrances -- however to have strong concentration, you need to have [already] abandoned hindrances, so that nothing can stop your focus. Which one is it?...
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Sensual Desire and Guarding the Sense Doors

Sensual desire is a hindrance and thus it should be avoided and preferably eliminated (though I'm highly skeptical whether something in the brain can really be "eliminated" regarding emotions - I ...
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Sati-Sampajañña (Mindfulness)

Hello folks I have some questions on mindfulness. How do I maintain mindfulness in stressed or high stimulus environments? It's easy at home and when I do my things alone but once I'm at work (...
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Need help understanding the meaning of this

I am reading A Critical Analysis Of The Jhanas In the book we were going over wise considration and how it will help you eliminate the hindrances. But i am having trouble understand what this is ...
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During jhana do you eliminate all hindrance at once?

Are you suppose to try and eliminate all the hindrances at once or slowly elimate them one by one? If this is the case are you suppose to eliminate them slowly in one meditation session or slowly rid ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

Im nearly 50 years old and so far in my life I have never found a sense of belonging or any sense of purpose. I haven't found a way to work that offers any sense of contribution or meaning. I have ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

If one has cultivated a habit for countless lifetimes, how is it possible to reverse such habit? Is it possible at all? Is that person entirely at the mercy of external factors? (are we ever not ...
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contentment, complacency, sloth/torpor

Are these conditions mutually exclusive? Is complacency a form of sloth/torpor? Sloth/torpor is a hindrance, but to say that one must not be satisfied seems contrary to the spirit of contentment and ...
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Is this desire, to not be friendless anymore, healthy?

I have been friendless for around 5 years. The reason I'm in this situation is due to my bad traits alone. I have actually grown accustomed to this till recently, when I became increasingly unsettled ...
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Do we reduce hindrances gradually?

Do we reduce hindrances gradually ? is it like we have 10000 units of hindrances (of different types) and we lower them each time we are aware of them ? is it a right way to see how we advance - ...
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Lack of Grasping of the Object of Meditation

I asked a question previously about the object of meditation being faint. Perhaps I'd like to reformulate my question more specifically as I still encounter these kinds of problems, and I will provide ...
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Which Hindrances are counteracted or enhance by the 37 and Jhana Factors?

If you take Jhana factors or the 37 Factors, many of them counteract one of the Hindrances. So if these factors (and perhaps other factors mentioned in the Tripitaka) are grouped with the hindrance ...
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Is there a name for being totally dependent?

During the last days I experienced that I felt total dependent. I was walking from A to B and there was no choice for me to make, neither to stop nor anything else. In fact, I felt like a robot... Is ...
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How to get rid of hate?

I have a friend that I met few years back. He always look polite, look decent, and look helping others a lot. I did him a lot of helps that no friend would do to him. Later, when I needed helps he ...
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Five Hindrances Right Mindfulness Interrelated?

Dear Buddhist Community, Would someone help to explain how eradicating/suppressing the five hindrances and right mindfulness can go together? According to the Buddha: (http://what-buddha-said.net/...
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How to "attend to the perception of light"?

In AN 7.58, the Buddha instructed Maha Moggallana on what do to about his nodding: "But if by doing this you don't shake off your drowsiness, then attend to the perception of light, resolve on the ...
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Three questions about sensual desire

If music is a sensual desire , what's wrong with that? Sensual desire is described as the first of the five hindrances. What I am a little perplexed by is the stance of Buddhism on the positive ...
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Being bored :anapanasati meditation

How to overcome feeling bored while doing anapanasati meditation ? I get this feeling after setting sati at the end of the nose and body is calmed .
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Eradication of the Five Hindrances

Is there any stage, along the 'supermundane paths' to enlightenment, where the Five Hindrances to meditation are destroyed forever?
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Buddhist view on letting the anger out. Any problems with that?

Many people claim they feel better, like a strong relief, after letting the anger out, so they scream at the open air or punch a sand sack. Of course I'm referring ONLY to cases where there is no ...
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Sloth-torpor-Restlessness-worry

I meditate first think in the morning and every morning i have to face sloth and torpor.When i face sloth and torpor i make a mental note and i can see how is impermanent and uncontrollable and after ...
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How can one overcome agitation developed by not sitting regularly?

This one is for the lay meditators. Although i think there is a component of sloth and torpor involved in the situation. There are other factors too. At times for me breakage of a sila makes it hard ...
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Is sloth the same thing as torpor?

When considering the 5 hindrances I always come across the tiredness hindrance translated as sloth and torpor. Since it is always (in my experience) translated as two words does the sloth and torpor ...
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