Thursday, April 13, 2006

Six paramitas

Param=other side of the river
ita= arrived

six perfections to be acquired:
generosity, giving-dana-not judging or evaluating our experience, to give and if the receiver is not ready to receive, they will not receive it, if ready, they will come and take it. Not looking down on someone, giving to those less than, to feel good.
discipline-shila-like the walk of the elephant, each step slow and sure and definite, one step after another, in chaos, just fall in, be with the chaos, things sort themselves out.
patience-ksanti-not expecting anything, not impulsiveness where we are running without eyes to see, not fighting anything
energy-virya-not the have to go to work energy,-joy energy, everything is interesting, part of the path. Having generosity, discipline and patience, there is now joy, no striving, never a dull moment. Plants grow in the sun. The sun doesn't strive for plants to grow. Plants are reacting to the sun and the situation is a result of it.
meditation-dhyana-a continual feeling of "awake." Not a trance state.
knowledge-prajna-knowledge, the emptiness of all things, no enduring self in the way we think anyway, world as we see it, is illusionary. The Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra expand on this.
Images and words paraphrased from Chogyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, chapter on the Bodhisattva Path.


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