The six perfections are the holy actions of the bodhisattvas, but they are also skills that we can develop right now, in our messy, ordinary lives!
The Six Perfections (paramitas), literally mean “gone beyond.” They are the practices of bodhisattvas, holy beings who have completely renounced the self; they have transcended selfish concerns and cherish only others. A bodhisattva’s bodhicitta never stops. Even sleeping or in a coma, infinite merit is still created.
The Six Perfections are: Charity (dana), Morality (shila), Patience (kshanti), Perseverance (virya), Concentration (dhyana), and Wisdom (prajna). Each perfection is perfect, flawless. Each arises from bodhicitta and is supported by the other perfections, including the wisdom of emptiness. Because of that, a bodhisattva generates infinite merit every moment.
We have just completed an extensive unit on the Perfection of Patience, and are now embarking on the fourth perfection, of Enthusiastic Perseverance. Discover how to cultivate a real liking of virtue and its causes, and a clear-minded enthusiasm that will guard against burnout, and sustain us along the spiritual path.
This is in-depth study group meets fortnightly, and is suitable for established students and the committed beginner. Please feel free to try out a class to see if the topic and presentation suits you. Each class will have readings from our root texts, and an opportunity for questions in real time either live or type into the chat.
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Transcripts and powerpoints:
Notes from the BSP course lead by Geshe Tashi Tsering at Chenrezig Institute and made available for LTC members from our top menu resources>course notes. Powerpoints are uploaded at the start of each class.
We are using The Six Perfections by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, where he carefully describes each perfection, revealing the depth of its meaning and how it intertwines with each other perfection. Rinpoche also explains how to practice it fully in our everyday lives—offering practical methods for us to become more generous, more patient, more wise.
We are also using Steps on the Path VOL 3, by Geshe Sopa. This provides a detailed commentary on the two methods to develop the awakening attitude: the techniques of sevenfold cause-and-effect, and exchanging self and other.