Five Hindrances, Panca Nivaranani: 2 definitions


Five Hindrances means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

the 5: nīvarana.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

In Buddhism, the five hindrances (Pali: panca nivaranani) are negative mental states that impede success with meditation (jhana) and lead away from enlightenment. These states are:

  1. Sensual desire (kamacchanda): Craving for pleasure to the senses.
  2. Anger or ill will (byapada, vyapada): Feelings of malice directed toward others.
  3. Sloth torpor or boredom (thina middha): Half hearted action with little or no concentration.
  4. Restlessness worry (uddhacca kukkucca): The inability to calm the mind.
  5. Doubt (vicikiccha): Lack of conviction or trust.

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