The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

by Dale Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195382013

ISBN-13: 9780195382013

Pub. Date: 10/07/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Here is a lucid, accessible, and inspiring guide to the six perfections--Buddhist teachings about six dimensions of human character that require "perfecting": generosity, morality, tolerance, energy, meditation, and wisdom. Drawing on the Diamond Sutra, the Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom, and other essential Mahayana texts, Dale Wright shows how these…  See more details below

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Here is a lucid, accessible, and inspiring guide to the six perfections--Buddhist teachings about six dimensions of human character that require "perfecting": generosity, morality, tolerance, energy, meditation, and wisdom. Drawing on the Diamond Sutra, the Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom, and other essential Mahayana texts, Dale Wright shows how these teachings were understood and practiced in classical Mahayana Buddhism and how they can be adapted to contemporary life in a global society. What would the perfection of generosity look like today, for example? What would it mean to give with neither ulterior motives nor naiveté? Devoting a separate chapter to each of the six perfections, Wright combines sophisticated analysis with real-life applications. Buddhists have always stressed self-cultivation, the uniquely human freedom that opens the possibility of shaping the kind of life we will live and the kind of person we will become. For those interested in ideals of human character and practices of self-cultivation, The Six Perfections offers invaluable guidance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195382013
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/07/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Perfection of Generosity
2. The Perfection of Morality
3. The Perfection of Tolerance
4. The Perfection of Energy
5. The Perfection of Meditation
6. The Perfection of Wisdom
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
References

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