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5 Hindrances

“SN 46.55 Sangaravo Sutta: The Hindrances”

Imagine a bowl of water and a person tries to see the reflection of their face. They would be hindered from doing so if the bowl is:

  • mixed with coloured dies. This is like the hindrance of sense-desire.
  • boiling. This is like being overwhelmed with ill-will and aversion.
  • covered with moss and water plants. This is like sloth and torpor.
  • ruffled by wind. This is like ‘worry and flurry’.
  • muddied and left in a dark place. This is like doubt and wavering.

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