I’ve been reading and learning much from Ajahn Brahm’s very helpful paper on Bahiya’s Teaching.
I am, however, having a bit of difficulty with the following passage which refers to MN68:
It is well known among serious students of Buddhism that the only way to suppress these Five Hindrances is through the practice of Jhāna. As it says in the Nalakapāna Sutta (MN 68), in one who does not attain a Jhāna, the Five Hindrances (plus discontent and weariness) invade the mind and remain. Anything less than Jhāna is not powerful and lasting enough to suppress the Five Hindrances sufficiently. So, even if you are practising bare mindfulness, with the Five Hindrances still active at a subconscious level, you are not seeing things as they truly are, you are seeing things as they seem,distorted by these Five Hindrances.
When I read MN68 myself, I notice:
- there is no mention of Five Hindrances (pañca nīvaraṇe)
- there is a mention of Five Fetters (pañcannaṃ orambhāgiyānaṃ saṃyojanānaṃ)
- there is no mention of jhana