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#1 Michael John Smith

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:44 AM

The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
- Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

I think if we look closely at the six perfections here we can see that goodness, or a peaceful mind, follows from generosity, or non-attachment and patience, or humility, comes from goodness, or a peaceful mind - and so on. All six perfections are linked - one following hard on the heels of the other and starting the cycle again with greater intensity once we have gained some wisdom or insight.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:41 PM

The Perfection of Giving
1. Giving of Dharma
2. Giving of Material Aid
3. Giving of Refuge
4. Giving of Love

The Perfection of Ethics
1. The Ethics of Restraint from Negative Actions of Body
1.1. Killing
1.2. Stealing
1.3. Sexual Misconduct
2. The Ethics of Restraint from Negative Actions of Speech
2.1. Lying
2.2. Harsh Speech
2.3. Slander
2.4. Idle Gossip
3. The Ethics of Restraint from Negative Actions of Mind
3.1. Covetousness
3.2. Harboring malevolent thoughts towards others
3.3. Holding erroneous views
4. The Ethics of cultivating wholesome qualities
5. The Ethics of working for the benefit of others

The Perfection of Patience
1. The Patience of not reacting to the harm from others
2. The Patience that voluntarily accepts suffering
3. The Patience of certitude in the Dharma

The Perfection of Joyous Effort
1. General characteristics
2. The Three Types of Laziness
2.1. The self-indulgent laziness (laziness of discouragement)
2.2. The laziness of lethargy
2.3. The laziness of clinging to unwholesome activities.

The Perfection of Concentration
1.The nature and function of Concentration

The Perfection of Wisdom
1. The nature and function of the Wisdom that understands emptiness
2. The Four Point Analysis
2.1. Ascertaining of the object of negation
2.1.1. Appearance of it
2.1.2. The way things actually exist
2.1.3. The two modes
2.1.4. Searching for the self
2.2. Ascertaining the entailment
2.3. Ascertaining the absence of being identical with the aggregates
2.4. Ascertaining the absence of being separate from the aggregates
3. Avoiding Extremes
4. Interdependent Origination
Lama Shenpen Rinpoche
"For as long as space endures, And as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide, To dispel the misery of the world." (Arya Shantideva)

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