Sloth and Torpor (Thinamiddha) is one of the five mental hindrances
that obstruct the development of conentration. It arises when
conentration is in excess and effort is weak. It can be dispelled by
stirring up effort, by doing more walking and less sitting. It cannot
be dispelled by sleeping more. More sleep tends to incrase sloth and
torpor. Less sleep and more diligent meditation practice will dispel
sloth and torpor.
Laziness (kosajja) is a habitual unskilful mental attitude.
"It is too hot to meditate," "It is too cold to moditate," "I am too
full to meditate," "I am too hungry to meditate," "It is too early to
meditate," "It is too late to meditate." Or "I am too young to
meditate," "too old to mediate," "too busy to meditate." etc. In many
ways does the lazy person find excuses for not doing wholesome deeds.
However, when the opportunity for unwholesome deeds presents itself,
he is always ready to eat, drink, and have fun.
A lazy person is a hopeless meditator. He or she will never get to
know sloth and torpor because as soon as they arise he goes to take a
rest. A diligent meditator encounters a lot of sloth and torpor
because he or she is striving hard to reduce defilements, to reduce
sleeping hours, and withdrawing the mind from indulgence in sensual
pleasures. When one tries to gain concentration, sloth and torpor are
sure to arise. When they do, a skilful meditator has many weapons to
fight them with. A lazy person is totally defenceless against them.
--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "mastram101" <jadhao@b...> wrote:
> What is the difference between thinna middha (sloth and torpor) and
> alasya (lazyness)? Is there any relationship between being
> tired and appearing of thinna middha?