PrajnaJnanaParamita: Perfections of the Bhumi

PrajnaJnanaParamita or perfections are so profound and subtle that Perfection must be broken into six, four more, three more and beyond while being consider to be paths with aspects..

The first six of Great Joy (generosity), Stainless (ethics), Radiant (patience), Luminous (perseverance), Difficult to Train (Meditative Concentration) and Transcendent (Perfect Awareness). 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 to a profound union.

Dharma is the teaching on both worldly and spiritual understanding and that is why the first five Bhumi are so important and are labeled as the Five Paths and the aspects of the Five Paths. This presentations is distinct and hopefully a clarification of what many good writings have presented.

Everyone understands generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance and concentration in worldly and spiritual life. Applying the Five Aspects of accumulation, application, insight, meditation and fruition bring confusion as meditation appears to be an overused word as it is used in so many different ways and one is told one is meditating right at the start. Practice is used to clarify as one practises these concepts till one accomplishes certain ability of awareness, the sixth Bhumi. True meditation occurs at the ninth Bhumi where one knows how much strength to apply.

Concentration is difficult to teach as many use concentration as a focus of thoughts rather than the elimination of unwanted thoughts at certain times as these thoughts cannot further past or further activities. Awareness is totally being where you should be in body, speech and mind as the fruition of meditative concentration while Wisdom is doing what you should and must do with the accomplishment of the tenth Bhumi, difficult to do in the confusion of life on earth.

Note that awareness and skillful means are not as generally understood in everyday life as generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance and concentration.

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, awareness is developed and perfected.

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

The seventh Bhumi is Gone Afar (skillful means) as one now can focus one pointedly, skillfully on truly helping others by truly being there (or here). The eighth Bhumi is Immovable (perfect aspiration} in setting ones own goals and vows to benefit others. The ninth Bhumi is Discriminating Wisdom (perfect strength) while the tenth Bhumi is Cloud of Dharma (innate wisdom).

The next four levels are actualizing being perfect in body, speech, mind and the union of 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.