8500 NE Siskiyou St
Portland, OR 97220
This class will cover the six paramitas, also called “perfections,” that are emphasized in Zen literature and training, as well as two other paramitas seen widely in Buddhism. The Sanskrit word paramita transliterates as “to the opposite shore,” metaphorically referring to practices for going from tthe shore of suffering and samsaric cycling, to the opposite shore, enlightened activity. During this seven-week foundational teaching’s class, we will start with a pan-Buddhist overview and then focus weekly on one or two of the paramitas conceptually and in relationship to personal practice and experience. The six paramitas are: Dana (giving, generosity), Shila (ethical conduct, morality), Kshanti (forbearance/ patience), Virya (joyful effort, zeal. enthusiastic effort), Dhyana (meditative settling, stabilization, or focus) and Prajna (dharmic insight or ‘great’ wisdom). The class also covers Upaya (skillful means, compassionate means) and Pranidhana (vowing/ aspiration).