By Dharma Master T’ai-Hsu: The Practice of Bodhisattva Dharma | Determining The Bodhicitta: The Six Paramitas

The Six Paramitas, or perfections, are the means for realizing the Four Great Vows and completing the Bodhisattva practice. They are as follows: 1. Dana: generosity, or charity; 2. Sila: the precepts, or morality; 3. Ksanti: patience, or forbearance; 4. Virya: energy, or zeal; 5.  Dhyana: contemplative practice, or meditatton; 6. Prajna: wisdom, or the…

By Dharma Master T’ai-Hsu: The Practice of Bodhisattva Dharma | Determining The Bodhicitta: The Four Great Vows And The Four Defeats Of The Bodhisattva Dharma

Determining the Bodhicitta is spoken of in the last of the Four Great Vows as follows: “The Supreme Enlightenment we vow to achieve.” Enlightenment is Bodhi; Supreme Enlightenment is the Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi or the Buddha Fruit. Determining the Bodhicitta means using the faith of our worldly minds to vow to complete this path. However, if one…