Morning Talk: The Six Paramitas

Please join us tomorrow for our Summer Morning Talk at 10:00 a.m. at 2525 West Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. We will be discussing the Six Paramitas. When the Buddha was asked by the Venerable Subhuti how we are to become enlightened, he said, “Subhuti, it is by the Truth of emptiness and egolessness that enlightened disciples advance along the Path, restrain their thoughts, and attain Buddhahood. If they diligently observe the Paramitas, and fully enter into a realization of the profound Prajna Paramita, they will attain the supreme spiritual wisdom they seek.”

The Bodhisattva training begins by generating the Six Paramitas. The paramitas,  generosity, ethics, forbearance, joyous effort, meditation and wisdom,  are a practice of focus, of discipline and calm; a way of centering ourselves so we can recognize and confront delusion. They give us a way that we can live in the world with equanimity.

Each of the six paramitas is an enlightened quality of the heart, an innate seed of perfect realization within us…the very essence of our true nature. But, since they’ve become obscured by delusion, selfishness, and other habitual patterns of behavior, we have to uncover them, develop them, and bring them back into expression in our lives. The six paramitas are a daily practice for wise, compassionate, and enlightened living.

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