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The Five Hindrances and Their Elimination

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The Five Hindrances (or nīvarana) are:

Sensual desire (kāmacchanda)

Ill will (vyāpāda)

Dullness and drowsiness (thina-middha)

Restlessness and remorse (uddhacca-kukkucca)

Doubt (vicikicchā)

The following table, entitled “The Five Hindrances and Their Elimination”, is offered as a PDF file. The table features six columns of information as follows:

  • Hindrance
  • Primary Condition
  • Primary Antidote
  • Other Remedies
  • How Eradicated
  • Similes

For a PDF copy of the table, please click The Five Hindrances and Their Elimination.

Source: Kind permission was granted to use the table here by the Noble Path Buddhist Education Fellowship (the source was Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Lectures at Chuang Yen Monastery). http://www.noblepath.org/index.html

Noble Path Buddhist Education Fellowship is a not-for-profit religious organization incorporated in the State of New York of the United States in 2008 for the purpose of promoting non-denominational Buddhist education and the comprehensive approach to Buddhist study. Under the spiritual guidance of Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, they are a group of lay Buddhists inspired by the works of a Chinese scholar monk, the late Venerable Master Yinshun (1905-2006).

The Five Hindrances

The following table that is offered also covers the Five Hindrances. Seven columns feature:

  • Hindrance
  • Analogy
  • Description
  • Two Strategies
  • A Reflection
  • Classical Antidote
  • Outside of Meditation Time

For a PDF copy of the table, please click The Five Hindrances – a Table.

For an MS Word copy of the table, please click The Five Hindrances – a Table.