I learned about the paramis when I partook my first Vipassana meditation retreat. A parami is a good mental quality that one must practice and perfect in order to attain liberation.
The 10 paramis are as follows:
- Generosity, giving (dana): giving for the sake of giving.
- Morality (sila): lead a moral life and follow the 5 precepts
- Renunciation (nekkhamma): drop attachment to your personal belongs and lead a generous life. Give and volunteer whenever you can.
- Wisdom (panna): participate in wholesome learning. The ultimate knowledge and wisdom comes from within. Hence, practicing the insight meditation helps achieving true wisdom.
- Energy/Effort (viriya): conserve your energy and do wholesome activities. Work hard and earn your livelihood. Help others.
- Patience/Tolerance (khanti): replace anger and frustration with patience, forgiveness and compassion.
- Truthfulness (sacca): every action should come from a place of truthfulness. Prejudice blinds you from the truth.
- Determination (adhitthana): success does not come easily. Stay determined and remember that success begets success.
- Loving-kindness (metta): or self-less love. Practice loving without expecting anything in return.
- Equanimity (upekkha): nothing in life is permanent. Learn to recognize the impermanence and stay equanimous
May all beings be happy!
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