The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.Continue reading “Six Paramitas”
At this time when many of our neighbors are struggling to meet their basic needs, we consider how the Buddhist practice of giving has the power to overcome greed in our lives, our communities, and our society.
This Dharma talk is Part One in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom. The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.
Reading and Discussion Questions
Passages referenced in the conversation
To realize shinjin oneself and to guide others to shinjin
Is among difficult things yet even more difficult.
To awaken beings everywhere to great compassion
Is truly to respond in gratitude to the Buddha’s benevolence.
Kyōgyōshinshō, Chapter on Shinjin, Section 94Continue reading “Dharma Discussion: Dāna (July 12, 2020)”
The three types of Dana:
1. The gift of material goods (財施 zai-se): To share of one’s wealth and property for the benefit of the community and those in need.
2. The gift of Dharma (法施 hō-se): To share one’s appreciation of the Buddha’s teachings.
3. The gift of freedom from fear (無畏施 mui-se): To share the courage of true wisdom, so that the difficulties of life can be met with a calm and peaceful heart.
Seven gifts that do not require any possessions and yet bring great results:
1. The gift of kind eyes (眼施 gen-se): To see goodness and beauty in all people and not look down on others.
2. The gift of peaceful and joyful facial expressions (和顏悦色施 wagen-etsujiki-se): To refrain from frowning and making angry faces even in times of difficulty.
3. The gift of kind words (言辭施 gonji-se): To speak gently to others, refraining from coarse and rude speech.
4. The gift of a helpful and respectful body (身施 shin-se): To reach out with a helping hand for those in need. To show attentive and respectful body language to all people.
5. The gift of a generous heart (心施 shin-se): To joyfully give assistance to others without resenting any inconvenience it may cause for oneself.
6. The gift of a comfortable seat (床座施 shōza-se): To offer the most safe and comfortable seat to a guest, even it means giving up one’s own favored seat.
7. The gift of welcoming hospitality: 房舍施 (bōsha-se): To warmly welcome all guests, making them feel at home in one’s company.