The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective

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America's most senior Zen Roshi presents the "Transcendental Perfections": Giving, Morality, Patience, Zeal, Meditation, Wisdom, Compassion, Aspiration, Spiritual Power, and Knowledge. These 2,000-year-old ideas serve as both methods and goals to develop one's spiritual and moral life. Includes question and answer sections.

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Overview

America's most senior Zen Roshi presents the "Transcendental Perfections": Giving, Morality, Patience, Zeal, Meditation, Wisdom, Compassion, Aspiration, Spiritual Power, and Knowledge. These 2,000-year-old ideas serve as both methods and goals to develop one's spiritual and moral life. Includes question and answer sections.

America's most senior Zen Roshi presents the "Transcendental Perfections": Giving, Morality, Patience, Zeal, Meditation, Wisdom, Compassion, Aspiration, Spiritual Power, and Knowledge. These 2,000-year-old ideas serve as both methods and goals to develop one's spiritual and moral life.

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Aitken, one of the foremost teachers of Zen in the West, has written several notable books on its practice, including Taking the Path of Zen, a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a translation of The Mumonkan, one of Zen's central collections of koans. Here he does an admirable job of exploring the meaning of the Paramitas, or perfections. The Paramitas, a part of all Buddhist traditions, are somewhat in the nature of guidelines or ideals, attention to which can deepen one's understanding and Buddhist practice. Aitken devotes one chapter to each of the 10 perfections, giving for each several pages of background and explanation followed by a question-and-answer section transcribed from dialogs with students. This is an excellent book, geared primarily toward those with some knowledge and experience of Zen practice. -- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira College Library, New York
Library Journal
Aitken, one of the foremost teachers of Zen in the West, has written several notable books on its practice, including Taking the Path of Zen, a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a translation of The Mumonkan, one of Zen's central collections of koans. Here he does an admirable job of exploring the meaning of the Paramitas, or perfections. The Paramitas, a part of all Buddhist traditions, are somewhat in the nature of guidelines or ideals, attention to which can deepen one's understanding and Buddhist practice. Aitken devotes one chapter to each of the 10 perfections, giving for each several pages of background and explanation followed by a question-and-answer section transcribed from dialogs with students. This is an excellent book, geared primarily toward those with some knowledge and experience of Zen practice. -- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira College Library, New York
Larry Smith
[A book] about practice, about clothing yourself and being at home...His tone is conversational and direct, his style mindful, reflective, often poetic....His goal is to connect with the long history of practicing the Zen way by personalizing the teachings and tying them to social action. -- Parabola
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887178402
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Aitken lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. He teaches there at the Diamond Sangha, which he and his wife, Anne Aitken, founded in 1959. This is his seventh book.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Giving: The Dana Paramita 3
2 Morality: The Shila Paramita 23
3 Forbearance: The Kshanti Paramita 45
4 Zeal: The Virya Paramita 65
5 Settled, Focused Meditation: The Dhyana Paramita 85
6 Wisdom: The Prajna Paramita 105
7 Compassionate Means: The Upaya Paramita 125
8 Aspiration: The Pranidhana Paramita 145
9 Spiritual Power: The Bala Paramita 165
10 Knowledge: The Jnana Paramita 185
Notes 207
Glossary 218
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