The Six Perfections

The Six Perfections

Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

Book - 2009
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Here is a lucid, accessible, and inspiring guide to the six perfections - Buddhist teachings about six dimensions of human character that require "perfecting": generosity, morality, tolerance, energy, meditation, and wisdom. Drawing on the Diamond Sutra, the Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom, andother essential Mahayana texts, Dale Wright shows how these teachings were understood and practiced in classical Mahayana Buddhism and how they can be adapted to contemporary life in a global society. What would the perfection of generosity look like today, for example? What would it mean to givewith neither ulterior motives nor naivete? Devoting a separate chapter to each of the six perfections, Wright combines sophisticated analysis with real-life applications. Buddhists have always stressed self-cultivation, the uniquely human freedom that opens the possibility of shaping the kind oflife we will live and the kind of person we will become. For those interested in ideals of human character and practices of self-cultivation, The Six Perfections offers invaluable guidance.
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780195382013
0195382013
Branch Call Number: 294.3422 WRI
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: 6 perfections

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