The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

Paperback | December 7, 2011

byDale Wright

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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, andother 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 givewith neither ulterior motives nor naivet? 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 lifewe 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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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, andother essential Mahayana texts, Dale Wright s...

Dale Wright is David B. and Mary H. Gamble Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies at Occidental College and the author of Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism and, co-edited with Steven Heine, a series of five OUP books on Zen Buddhism.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Perfection of Generosity2. The Perfection of Morality3. The Perfection of Tolerance4. The Perfection of Energy5. The Perfection of Meditation6. The Perfection of WisdomConclusionAcknowledgmentsNotesReferences