Six paramitas (Mahayana)
The six paramitas are:
- Dana paramita: to cultivate the attitude of giving
- Śīla paramita: refraining from harm
- Kshanti paramita: the ability not to be perturbed by anything
- Virya paramita : to find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome
- Dhyana paramita : not to be distracted
- Prajna paramita : the perfect discrimination of phenomena
The first five paramitas correspond to the accumulation of merit, and the sixth to the accumulation of wisdom.
The sixth paramita can be divided into four parts, resulting in ten paramitas.
In the Mahāyāna textual tradition, the six paramitas are identified in many sources, including:
The following sources are emphasized in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition:
The six paramitas are mentioned and explained in many important Indian commentaries that were translated into Tibetan, such as:
- Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara
- Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend
- Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way
- Dzogchen Ponlop, Rebel Buddha (Boston: Shambhala, 2010), pages 124-132.
- Geshe Sonam Rinchen, The Six Perfections, translated by Ruth Sonam (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1998), ISBN 978-1559390897
- Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2004), pages 181-219.
- Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston: Shambhala, Revised edition, 1998), pages 234-261.
- Khenpo Kunpal, The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech, translated by Padmakara Translation Group. Published by Shambhala. ISBN 978-1-59030-439-6
- Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche,Ceasless Echoes of the Great Silence, a Commentary on the Heart Sutra. Translated by Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. Pages 81-96. Published by Sky Dancer Press. ISBN 1-880976-01-7
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- RINGU TULKU • BE THE CHANGE ... by practicing the 6 PARAMITAS
- Description: At his Spring Visit to BODHICHARYA BERLIN Ringu Tulku Rinpoche summerized the SIX PARAMITAS as the way to BE THE CHANGE in the context of his teachings on the DHAMMAPADA.
- WISDOM IN ACTION • 1 • "GIVING" • RINGU TULKU RINPOCHE • 6 PARAMITAS
- Description: A brief teaching by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche on the first of the six paramitas. Part of a set of six short videos.
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