Dhamma Letter No. 31
Q&A No. 11
Q: How can I remove my strong greed and be in peace?
A: The Buddha described not only the five hindrances (Nivarana in Pāli), which block the meditator’s ability to see things as they really are, but also the solutions to them.
The five hindrances (pañcanīvaraṇa, 五蓋) are:
Sensory desire (kāmacchanda)
These five hindrances are directly correlated with the five factors of Jhana (禪定, dhyana), which are the meditator’s skillful means for checking and finally overcoming all five of them.
Vitaka (applied thinking) overcomes sloth and torpor
Vicara (sustained thinking) overcomes doubt
Piti (rapture) overcomes ill will
Sukha (happiness) overcomes restlessness and worry
Ekagatta (One-pointedness) overcomes sensory desire
The reduction and eradication of greed, which arises through contact with the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching objects, can be done by cultivating Jhana (禪定). For example, a meditator can use a meditation method called the Ten kinds of foulness (ASUBHA) to check and overcome the arising of lust.
More meditation methods (like Samatha and Vipassana) will be discussed later, all of which can be applied as needed over a lifetime of practice. The essential point is that the more one understands the Dhamma, the more one can let go of not only greed, but all the hindrances!
May you be liberated from any bondages!
May you be happy and peaceful!
May you develop wisdom through practice during this lifetime!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
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Buddha Sāsanaṁ Ciraṁ Tiṭṭhatu!
May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
Bhavatu Sabba Sotiṁ ca Maṅgalaṁ ca!!
May everyone be led on the path of peace and blessing!!
Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu !