The Benefits Of Perfecting Wisdom

by Peter Carlson on June 22, 2017

This discussion continues to explore the qualities of mental functioning called Paramis (or Paramitas in Sanskrit), and the focus is on Wisdom (Panna, pronounced pahn-yah).  This quality represents the product of the application of the Noble Eightfold Path, that is, the realization of anicca (impermanence), anatta (nonself), and dukkha (the distress and confusion that is the result of craving and clinging).  Peter suggests a different rendering of Wisdom in practice: substituting Clear Awareness for Right Understanding, and Benevolent Intention rather than Right Intention.  Clear Awareness is the flow of experience free from the five hindrances, and Benevolent Intention is the orientation towards kindness, compassion, generosity and patient tolerance in one’s thoughts and actions.  This explanation was followed by discussion of how Wisdom is cultivated.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Wisdom Parami

Next week, the focus will be on another Parami, Energy/Persistence.

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