The Six Perfections

The Six Perfections : Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

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Here is a lucid, accessible, and inspiring guide to the six perfections-a set of Buddhist teachings designed to transform human character through the perfection of 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 the Buddha's time and how they can be adapted to contemporary life in a global society. What would the perfection of generosity look like today, for example? How can we learn to be giving-without ulterior motive or self-concern? 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 allows us, if we choose, to shape the kind of life we will live and the kind of person we will become. For those who wish to live a more perfect life, The Six Perfections offers invaluable guidance.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 26mm | 598.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195382013
  • 9780195382013
  • 601,939

Review quote

An insightful, pyschologically astute narrative of Eastern-influenced literary introspection * Katherine Wharton, Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Dale Wright

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 Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Theory in Practice, co-edited with Steven Heine, (OUP 2007). He lives in San Diego.show more

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST IMAGES OF THE PERFECTION OF GENEROSITY; CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: A CONTEMPORARY PERFECTION OF GENEROSITY; TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST IMAGES OF THE PERFECTION OF MORALITY; CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: A CONTEMPORARY PERFECTION OF MORALITY; TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST IMAGES OF THE PERFECTION OF TOLERANCE; CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: A CONTEMPORARY PERFECTION OF TOLERANCE; TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST IMAGES OF THE PERFECTION OF ENERGY; CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: A CONTEMPORARY PERFECTION OF ENERGY; TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST IMAGES OF THE PERFECTION OF MEDITATION; CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: A CONTEMPORARY PERFECTION OF MEDITATION; TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST IMAGES OF THE PERFECTION OF WISDOM; CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: A CONTEMPORARY PERFECTION OF WISDOM; CONCLUSION; ENDNOTES; REFERENCESshow more

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