Six Perfections

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Tuesday night was our first gathering for 2018 and what a lovely gathering it was! Thank you all for coming along, it was great to see everyone after the long holiday season and felt terrific to be cracking on with Dharma studies together.

We took up where we left off last year in Geshe Tenzin Zopa’s text “Buddha Nature and Preliminary Prayers and their Explanations” (page 39 for those of you who have the book) at the section outlining The Six Perfections.

Geshe-la gave explanations of the different perfections we aim to develop on the Bodhisattva path:

  • Generosity
  • Morality/Ethics
  • Patience
  • Joyous Effort/Enthusiastic Perseverance
  • Concentration
  • Wisdom

They are all rendered with Geshe-la’s trademark authority, humour and practical examples.

The Six Perfections – or Paramitas in Sanskrit – offer a beautiful method by which we can organise our minds and our behaviour whether we are Buddhist or not, spiritual practitioners or not. The more we learn about the Perfections the more we develop into the kind of people that can be of benefit to those around them.

If we live in the Six Perfections, we simply become a shining example that will inspire others to behave in the same way, as Geshe-la explains in his example of the person who badgers their spouse to attend the Dharma teachings and then becomes angry at them for not doing so. Geshe-la advises that person should make more effort to practice the perfection of Patience themselves, be “more gentle, more sweet, more of a smiling face” then their spouse would be more inspired to attend Dharma teachings.

For some further reading on the Six Perfections try Geshe Rabten Rinpoche’s teaching offered by The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

As always you are welcome to leave comments or questions below and we will do our best to get back to you!


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