The Pāramitās are inspirations, not fixed rules. We honor them with our conduct, speech, and thought.

Robert Aitken Roshi

The Paramitas, or perfections, are qualities that deepen and grow as we sit, becoming more present in our lives. 

Here’s a 7 minute introduction to the Paramitas by Kirk. Scroll past the video for a list of the paramitas.

We’ll be working with the 10 paramitas discussed by Aitken Roshi in his book The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective.

1. Giving: The Dana Paramita

2. Morality: The Shila Paramita

3. Forbearance: The Kshanti Paramita

4. Zeal: The Virya Paramita

5. Settled, Focused Meditation: The Dhyana Paramita

6. Wisdom: The Prajna Paramita

7. Compassionate Means: The Upaya Paramita

8. Aspiration: The Pranidhana Paramita

9. Spiritual Power: The Bala Paramita

10. Knowledge: The Jnana Paramita

Related topics:

Bodhisattva Vows

Zen Buddhist Precepts