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New Meetup: The Six Paramitas or Perfections

From: user 9.
Sent on: Friday, November 12, 2010 8:54 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Minneapolis Buddhism Meetup Group!

What: The Six Paramitas or Perfections

When: Monday, December 13,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Common Roots Cafe
2558 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612)[masked]‎

In this meeting, we will learn about, and then discuss, the Six Paramitas, or perfections.

The Sanskrit word paramita means "to cross over to the other shore". Paramita may also be translated as perfection, perfect realization, or reaching beyond limitation. Through the practice of these six paramitas, we cross over the sea of suffering (samsara) to the shore of happiness and awakening (Nirvana); we cross over from ignorance and delusion to enlightenment. Each of the six paramitas is an enlightened quality of the heart, a glorious virtue or attribute?the innate seed of perfect realization within us. The paramitas are the very essence of our true nature. However, since these enlightened qualities of the heart have become obscured by delusion, selfishness, and other karmic tendencies, we must develop these potential qualities and bring them into expression. In this way, the six paramitas are an inner cultivation, a daily practice for wise, compassionate, loving, and enlightened living. The paramitas are the six kinds of virtuous practice required for skillfully serving the welfare of others and for the attainment of enlightenment. We must understand that bringing these virtuous qualities of our true nature into expression requires discipline, practice, and sincere cultivation. This is the path of the Bodhisattva?one who is dedicated to serving the highest welfare of all living beings with the awakened heart of unconditional love, skillful wisdom, and all-embracing compassion.

I hope to see you all there. We have the Common Room reserved for the half-hour before the meeting starts, so come early to eat and socialize.

JJ Lehmann

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