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Difference between 8 fold and 6 perfections

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Adamjackson
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Difference between 8 fold and 6 perfections

Postby Adamjackson » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:10 am

I'm a pretty casual, liberal Buddhist. I take a bit of this here, a bit of that there, and leave out the boring bits. I want to give Buddhism a good, proper go, and utilize it in it's entirety as a system, which from what I can work out is the 4 nobel truths. I have some material that I have really taken a shine to, on the 6 Perfections. I was just curious how the 6 perfections fit in to the Buddhist system? What is the difference between the 6 perfections and the 8 fold path? Thanks, Adam.

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Ben
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Re: Difference between 8 fold and 6 perfections

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:22 am

The Nobel Truths?
When nitroglycerine mixed with kieselguhr gives rise to:
1. Dynamite,
2. Gelignite,
3. Ballistite, and
4. Massive fortunes

Seriously...
Perhaps some foundation literature might be in order:

- The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering
by Bhikkhu Bodhi: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... toend.html

Venerable Ledi Sayādaw: Uttama Purisa Dīpanī: A Manual of the Excellent Man: http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Ledi/Uttama/uttama.html

I think these might be of assistance.
kind regards

Ben
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Difference between 8 fold and 6 perfections

Postby Dan74 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:29 am

I think Six Perfections (Paramitas) is a Mahayana teaching. Theravada have more, from memory.

If you search Six Paramitas, tere are many talks about them by different teachers. Some I find very inspiring.
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