Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Handy Reference: The Ten Paramitas





Paramita (Sanskrit) means "perfection";
it is also a pun on "gone beyond"



      1. Dana paramita - generosity of being; openness

      2. Sila paramita - rules; manners

      3. Ksanti paramita - patience; acceptance; forgiving; upeksha

      4. Virya paramita - vitality

      5. Dhyana paramita - empty-mind; Ch'an; Zen

      6. Prajna paramita - clear perception

      7. Upaya paramita - skillful means

      8. Pranidhana paramita - resolve

      9. Bala paramita - power

      10. Jnana paramita - understanding