The six perfections buddhism and the cultivation of character pdf
Dale Wright - Google Scholar CitationsA bodhisattva is a being whose life-energy is directed toward awakening for the benefit of all. Our bodhisattva nature, however, is often obscured and underdeveloped. Zen practice is fundamentally about how to support our nature as bodhisattvas. Traditionally, six interlocking practices, called the Paramitas, or Perfections, are seen as the path of a bodhisattva. These six are generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, meditative stabilization, and transcendental wisdom.
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Buddhist ethics are traditionally based on what Buddhists view as the enlightened perspective of the Buddha , or other enlightened beings such as Bodhisattvas. It has been variously described as virtue ,  right conduct,  morality ,  moral discipline  and precept. It is an ethical compass within self and relationships, rather than what is associated with the English word "morality" i. It means the practitioner poses no threat to another person's life, property, family, rights, or well-being. Moral instructions are included in Buddhist scriptures or handed down through tradition. Most scholars of Buddhist ethics thus rely on the examination of Buddhist scriptures , and the use of anthropological evidence from traditional Buddhist societies, to justify claims about the nature of Buddhist ethics. The Buddha is seen as the discoverer of liberating knowledge and hence the foremost teacher.
This chapter presents an overview and discussion of the primary Buddhist virtues within the context of the Buddhist path of moral and spiritual development. Buddhist ethics counsels practitioners to overcome the three poisons of greed, hatred, and ignorance and to cultivate those states and traits of mind and the actions they motivate that conduce to the genuine happiness and spiritual freedom of oneself and others. The chapter discusses the four immeasurable states of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. It then discusses the six perfections of generosity, moral discipline, forbearance, vigor, meditation, and wisdom. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the prospects of a Buddhist virtue ethics.