PrajnaJnanaParamita: Perfections

PrajnaJnanaParamita or perfections are so profound and subtle that Perfection must be broken into six, four more, three more and beyond.

The first six of generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance, mediative concentration, and wisdom bring one to transcendence. So profound are these topics that to understand the first, generosity is to perceive the first perception of enlightenment. Each of the next twelve perfections are stages of enlightenment till one goes beyond.

In all these perfections one must look after oneself as you are the most responsible person to do so. No one else should inhabit your body with sharp penetrations of your body, speech and mind without your permission as in general such practices are not good.

Generosity, ethics and patience are very difficult to understand and perfect requiring perseverance to accomplish these perfections. When these four are understood then one can develope meditative concentration. With meditative concentration, wisdom is developed and perfected.

After the six perfections, perfections are discussed as stages of enlightenment, Bhumi, rather than individual topics.

The seventh Bhumi is skillful means as one now can focus one pointedly, skillfully on truly helping others. The eighth Bhumi is perfect aspiration in setting ones own goals and vows. The ninth Bhumi is developing spiritual power in overcoming obstacles while the tenth Bhumi is all pervasive wisdom that benefits all beings as rain benefits the earth.

The next three levels are actualizing being perfect in body, speech and mind to enlightening all beings, an effort that during these dark ages cannot be truly perfected. Note that when dualistic fixation is dissolved than body, speech and mind are far beyond what most people consider body, speech and mind to be.