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The Ten Fetters. . . and the Ten Virtues

The Ten Fetters. . . and the Ten Virtues

Practiced regularly, Thai meditations are said to lead to enlightenment by overcoming the Ten Fetters, or negative states of mind. . . and to help generate the Ten Virtues, which can be cultivated at every opportunity!

What are the Ten Fetters? The Ten Virtues? Find out, and be inspired to begin your practice, here:

The Ten Fetters

1. Self-illusion – the belief that your ego is real
2. Ignorance – willfully causing negative mental states
3. Sensual craving – craving after objects which taste, smell, sound, feel, or look good
4. Ill-will – anger, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, etc.
5. Skepticism – doubt (especially self-doubt)
6. Restlessness – inability to sit still and concentrate
7. Conceit – self-centeredness
8. Attachment – to religion and rituals
9. Craving for material existence – desiring endless life on earth, or being afraid to die
10. Craving for non-material existence – desiring to die

The Ten Virtues

1. Generosity
2. Morality
3. Non-attachment
4. Wisdom
5. Energy
6. Patience, tolerance, and forbearance
7. Honesty
8. Determination
9. Loving kindness (metta)
10. Equanimity

Read more: Spirit, Inspiration

Adapted from The Spiritual Healing of Traditional Thailand, by C. Pierce Salguero (Findhorn Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by C. Pierce Salguero. Reprinted by permission of Findhorn Press.
Adapted from The Spiritual Healing of Traditional Thailand, by C. Pierce Salguero (Findhorn Press, 2006).

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5:19AM PST on Dec 19, 2012


4:07PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Enjoyed the article. Thanks.

11:00PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

were we all to practice this often, just imagine...

3:58PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011


12:43PM PDT on May 9, 2011

Wonderful! The world is rich in wisdom if we have the ears to hear.
Thank you Anna.

12:53AM PST on Dec 12, 2010

Thanks for the article.

9:28PM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:11AM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

thanks for post

5:41AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

thank you

7:44PM PST on Feb 25, 2010

Very interesting! As already mentioned, it would have been more helpful if there were a bit more explanation. But- meditation on these will bring clarity.
Thank you.

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