To become a Buddha, a Bodhisattva has to practice Six Perfections:
- the perfection of giving (dana paramita)
- the perfection of morality (shila-paramita)
- the perfection of patience (kshanti-paramita)
- the perfection of energy (virya-paramita)
- the perfection of meditation (dhyana-paramita)
the perfection of wisdom (prajna-paramira)
The Six Perfections describe the true nature of an enlightened being, which, in Mahayana practice, is to say they are our own true Buddha-nature.
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Perfection of Meditation
This paramita is the enlightened quality of awareness, concentration, meditation, contemplation, mindfulness, mental stability. Our minds have the tendency to be very distracted and restless, always moving from one thought or feeling to another. Because of this, our attention stays fixated in the ego, in the surface layers of the mind and emotions, and we just keep engaging in the same habitual patterns of behavior. The perfection of concentration means training our mind so that it does what we want it to do. We stabilize our mind and emotions by practicing meditation, by being mindful and aware in everything we do. When we train the mind in this way, physical, emotional, and mental vacillations and restlessness are eliminated. We achieve focus, composure, and tranquility.
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