the six perfections

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“A jewel of a book, containing much practical advice on how we can start working on these six precious practices, even if we are not yet bodhisattvas.” —Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald), author of How to Meditate

THE SIX PERFECTIONS

The Practice of the Bodhisattvas

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The six perfections are the actions of the bodhisattvas—holy beings who have transcended selfless concerns. But they’re also skills we can and should develop right now, in our messy, ordinary lives.

In this clear, comprehensive guide to the backbone of Mahayana Buddhist practice, Lama Zopa Rinpoche walks us through each of the six perfections:

  • charity
  • morality
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • concentration
  • wisdom

As he carefully describes each perfection, he not only reveals the depth of its meaning and how it intertwines with each other perfection, but he also explains how to practice it fully in our everyday lives—offering concrete ways for us to be more generous, more patient, more wise. With the guidance he gives us, we can progress in our practice of the perfections until we, like the bodhisattvas, learn to cherish others above ourselves.

“The perfections are the practices of bodhisattvas, holy beings who have completely renounced the self; they have transcended selfish concerns and cherish only others. Each perfection is perfect, flawless. Each arises from bodhichitta and is supported by the other perfections, including the wisdom of emptiness. Because of that, a bodhisattva generates infinite merit every moment, whether outwardly engaged in working for others or not. A bodhisattva’s bodhichitta never stops.”
—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $29.95
  • ISBN 9781614295853
  • ebook
  • 224 pages
  • $14.99
  • ISBN 9781614296089
about the author
The Six Perfections

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is one of the most internationally renowned masters of Tibetan Buddhism, working and teaching ceaselessly on almost every continent. He is the spiritual director and cofounder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international network of Buddhist projects, including monasteries in six countries and meditation centers in over thirty; health and nutrition clinics, and clinics specializing in the treatment of leprosy and polio; as well as hospices, schools, publishing activities, and prison outreach projects worldwide.

Other books by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
How to Face Death without Fear
Bodhichitta
Dear Lama Zopa
The Four Noble Truths
The Door to Satisfaction
Wisdom Energy
Ultimate Healing
Wholesome Fear
Transforming Problems into Happiness
How to Be Happy
How to Enjoy Death

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