Hindrances in Buddhism Ethical Perspective

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Buddhism and Hindrances At their core, Gautham Buddha's teachings are a prescription for ethical conduct in the world. By cultivating wisdom you minimize harm to yourself and the people and planet around you. By embracing meditation, you find a path to find peace in the midst of everyday chaos and a world riddled with uncertainty. Ethical conduct is a foundation for meditation and wisdom, but this is not morality for the sake of morality or social control. Gautham Buddha intended his philosophy to be a practical one, aimed at the happiness of all creatures. While he outlined his metaphysics, he did not expect anyone to accept this on faith but rather to verify the insights for themselves; his emphasis was always on seeing clearly and understanding. Hence, Buddha’s main concern was to eliminate suffering, to find a cure for the pain of human existence. In this respect, Buddha after observing the symptoms of mental and spiritual distress came up with the thought that there are five hindrances to realising enlightenment. These are (words in parentheses are in Pali): 1. Sensual desire (kamacchanda) 2. Ill will (vyapada) 3. Sloth, torpor, or drowsiness (thina-middha) 4. Restlessness and worry (uddhacca-kukkucca) 5. Uncertainty or skepticism (vicikiccha) These mental states are called "hindrances" because they bind us to ignorance and to suffering (asukkha – in Sanskrit). Gautham Buddha realised that in order to liberate and enlighten our mental and spiritual faculty, it would require us to unbind ourselves from the hindrances. As these characteristics apply to our individual lives, it is easy to see and understand that if one engages in any one of them excessively; his or her ability to pursue a job, profession or occupation successfully, and relationships with other people, and a personal relationship with a husband or a wife and family

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