The Six Paramitas

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The Six Paramitas

A2Z Sitting Group Class Series
Mondays, February 15 – March 28, 2016

Paramitas are “perfections;” ways to behave as if one was a buddha. To behave from bodhicitta, the mind with the aspiration to benefit all beings.

There are 6 in Zen:

  • Generosity / Dana

  • Non-harming or Compassionate Living / Shila

  • Patience / Kshanti

  • Energy or Diligence / Virya

  • Dyana  or Jhana / Concentration

  • Wisdom / Prajna

We are using three main texts:

Sylvia Boorstein’s Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart — The Buddhist Path of Kindness

Robert Aitken’s The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective

Thich Nhat Hanh’s section on the Six Paramitas in The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

February 15
Dharma Talk: Generosity / Dana Paramita
(partial only as the batteries ran out)

Generosity Grid

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February 22
Sharing of last week’s Dana Practice 

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Dharma Talk: Non-harming or Compassionate Living / Shila Paramita

Sila Grid

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February 29
Sharing of last week’s Non-Harming Living Practice ; Disability Rights

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Disability Rights Resources:

  1. “10 Things World Can Learn fr People w Disabilities”
  1. “Doing Disability Ally Work”
  1. “Meditation, Disability and Identity”
  1. Five Ways to be an Ally to People with Disabilities

Dharma Talk: Patience, Forbearance, Inclusiveness / Kshanti Paramita

Kshanti Grid

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March 7
Energy, Perseverance, Continuous Practice/ Virya  Paramita

No Dharma talk due to technical difficulties. However, below is also the related meditation from Sylvia Boorstein which was used last night. The practice invitation this week is to do this meditation. You could also use the 3 questions she poses as a koan practice; carrying them around with you; holding and feeling the questions and the answers.

Virya 1

 

Virya2

Also, as we talked about how Virya, the Paramita of Energy, is about learning appropriate energy application or balance of energy — especially with our practice, here’s a talk which discusses EASE. It’s an aspect which I thought I’ve emphasize a lot in practice but may not be coming across lately? If not the whole talk, listen to just the first 4 minutes of this talk will give you the flavor of how important/useful I find Ease to be. Enjoy!

“May you have ease.”

March 14
Dharma Talk: Concentration, Meditation / Dhyana or Jhana Paramita

Ls Dhyana Grid

We also used Aitken’s chapter on Dhyana.

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March 21
Wisdom, Discernment / Prajna  Paramita

Wisdom Grid

We also read Wisdom is not in newspaper_H&C_Shambala

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