Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Three Poisons, The Five Passions, and The Five Hindrances

The Three Poisons


The Five Passions

"The five passions embrace excessive desire for wealth, women, reputation and over-indulgence in food and sleep. It is the passion which blinds the eyes. It is also the passion which leads us to go astray. Therefore, all evil is engendered by passion. When the eyes are opened, the absence of lust makes us see things as they really are. As a matter of fact, worldly pleasures are the bait, and the result is pain."

- Dr. Tencheng Liao; Annotation of translation of Lokottama's Chinese version of The Englightenment Sutra

The Five Hindrances

Sensual desire
Sloth and Torpor
Restlessness and Worry
Skeptical Doubt