On Sunday 14 August, Bro. Benny Liow was invited to give a Dhamma talk on the ‘Five Hindrances’ at Nalanda Centre. With reference to Avarana Sutta (AN. 5.51), the Discourse on Obstacles, he explained the five types of mental blocks to spiritual progress.
The ‘Five Hindrances’ are (1) sensual desires; (2) ill-will; (3) sloth and torpor; (4) restlessness and remorse; as well as (5) doubts and skepticism. They are obstacles to our peace of mind. Knowing more about them helps to identify our main problems in meditation. Thus, we should not dismiss them but study and understand them well.
In the Satipatthana Sutta (MN. 10), the Buddha taught us to be mindful of the arising of hindrances and not to allow them to overwhelm our minds. By looking dispassionately at their arising, sustenance and disappearance, without giving rise to greed or aversion towards the world, we begin to understand the true nature of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and non-self.
Bro. Benny also spoke about ways to overcome the ‘Five Hindrances’ should they arise. We thank him for a pragmatic talk on how to overcome difficulties in meditation and to achieve serenity of mind. Sadhu.