Bloedel Hall | Jan 2009
The Ten Paramis, or the ten perfections, are the ten qualities of character that can be developed to support the path of awakening. The Paramis can be seen as attributes of awareness itself and also as cultivated states that will enhance our lives.
This series is presented in audio and video.
The power of generosity and how to access it by releasing what obscures it. The talk explores the difference between generosity and resentment.
Generosity and total self-acceptance. We will not explore the causes of selfishness until we are generous with ourselves.
Virtuous behavior comes spontaneously with interconnectedness. When we see from oneness, there is no impulse to hurt.
Understanding why we contract and the limitation of that perception. Are we broken and need to be fixed?
Pausing to see what is important, and appreciating the space the pause offers.
Renunciation is releasing what is not true and no longer needed.
How to activate the innate intelligence of presence.
The fearlessness of wisdom and the willingness to hold our place on the earth for the learning that comes.
Suffering leads either to contraction and further distortion of energy, or connection and release of resistance.
Patience is not waiting for something to end, but living fully through every event.
We cannot talk about patience without investigating the reality of time.
Truthfulness of body, speech, and mind is the willingness to release all forms of self-deception and is the lynchpin to dharma growth.
Honesty is defined by our ability to acknowledge distortion without pretension, uncover pain without projection, and face facts without defensiveness.
Resolve comes naturally from the love of the truth and responds appropriately to balance inequality.
Ultimately resolve is the willingness to hold one's ground and expose everything.
To love all beings we must love all aspects of our own mind and body experience.
To know love as stillness is to embrace the world unconditionally.
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Equanimity is a balance between the relative sorrows and ultimate perfection of the world. It is a full embrace of life as it is, without disturbance.
There are a number of ways to incline the mind toward the discovery of equanimity. Each perception of equanimity has a training explored in this discourse.