Words of Wisdom for June 25, 2024

Dear Friends:
The Power of the Paramitas

In Buddhism, the six paramitas, or “perfections,” hold great significance. These six virtues are fundamental guiding principles for Buddhist practitioners. By cultivating the paramitas — generosity, discipline, patience, energy, meditation, and wisdom — we can experience profound benefits in our personal growth and spiritual journey.

These paramitas are essential virtues in Buddhist practice. Dana, or generosity, teaches us to let go of attachments while cultivating selflessness and fostering compassion to uplift others. Sila, or discipline, promotes integrity, honesty, and respect, forming a strong foundation for spiritual growth. Kshanti, or patience, cultivates inner strength, resilience, and understanding of oneself and others amid life’s challenges. Virya, meaning “energy” or “diligence,” develops discipline and perseverance through our sustained practice. Dhyana, or meditation, brings mindfulness, clarity, and a sense of interconnectedness through contemplative practice. The sixth and final paramita, prajna, represents the wisdom and insight that liberates us from ignorance, allowing us to realize our true nature and the interconnectedness of all things.

– Chris Pacheco, Content Marketing Editor, Lion’s Roar

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD

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