Paramitas or “perfection”

“Paramita” is a Sanskrit term, which means “perfection”. In Bodhisattva tradition, the accomplishment of these perfections results in the achievement of the ultimate perfection of wisdom that is enlightenment. 

In the Mahayana tradition, the path of a bodhisattva is described in terms of six paramitas: Dana paramita: to cultivate the attitude of giving; Sila 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 and Prajna paramita: the perfect discrimination of phenomena. 

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