The Ten Perfections, or paramis, are the Buddhist teachings that are probably the most useful for bringing the path of awakening into everyday life. They are qualities that you can develop in all circumstances and in any situation—as you’re working with your family at home, at the office, as you’re driving, as you’re meditating.
Generosity, love, authenticity, simplicity, steadiness, energy, equanimity and wisdom are qualities of being that grow gradually as a result of our spiritual practice, taking the place of our conventional qualities and abilities. Often described as the characteristics of the Bodhisattva, they become the qualities of the awakened personality.
Based on the talks he gave to his students in Israel, Stephen Fulder discusses in great detail the paramis and shows how these ancient teachings and insights are extremely helpful in mapping the effect of spiritual practice and teachings on our psychological make-up. He invites us to investigate each of the paramis as expressions of our deepest freedom as well as explore how they allow us to respond wisely to ordinary daily life experiences.
In addition, Stephen’s guided meditations and exercises for each parami will enable you to apply their wisdom and power more deeply in your daily life.
Specifically, this course will explore:
- The joy of giving and receiving through generosity
- Moral integrity as the ground for inner peace and spiritual progress
- Dropping the baggage and surrendering to what is through renunciation
- Seeing the profound in the ordinary through wisdom
- Becoming still and timeless through patience
- Living for truth and in truth through authenticity
- Embracing life unconditionally through loving-kindness
- Riding the waves of change through cultivating equanimity
THE LESSONS (12 hours 06 minutes total)
Introduction: Who we are is what we are (46:45)
Lesson 1: Dana - Generosity - The Joy of Giving and Receiving (45:49)
Meditation on Generosity (audio – 19:14)
Lesson 2: Sila – Morality – Part 1: Integrity as Ground for Inner Peace and Spiritual Progress (52:18)
Lesson 2: Sila – Morality – Part 2: Empathy, Compassion and Karma (21:36)
Meditation on Morality (audio - 18:31)
Lesson 3: Nekkhamma - Renunciation - Dropping the Baggage and Surrendering to What Is (38:58)
Meditation on Renunciation (audio – 21:01)
Lesson 4: Pannya - Wisdom - Seeing the Profound in the Ordinary (45:47)
Meditation on Wisdom (audio - 21:16)
Lesson 5: Viriya - Energy - Crossing the Flood without Struggling and without Stopping (41:13)
Meditation on Energy (audio – 19:13)
Lesson 6: Khanti - Patience – Be Still and be Timeless (42:52)
Meditation on Patience (audio – 19:47)
Lesson 7: Sacca - Authenticity - Living for Truth and in Truth (51:06)
Meditation on Authenticity (audio – 17:21)
Lesson 8: Adhitthana – Aspiration - Longing for Freedom While Being Free (50:45)
Meditation on Aspiration (audio – 20:16)
Lesson 9: Metta – Loving Kindness - The Great Embrace (41:54)
Meditaiton on Loving Kindness (audio - 21:39)
Lesson 10: Upekkha - Equanimity - Riding the Waves of Change into the Infinite Sea (45:54)
Meditation on Equanimity (audio – 22:48)
Stephen Fulder, PhD, is the founder of the Israel Insight Society (Tovana), the major organisation in Israel teaching Buddhist meditative practice, and one of Israel’s leading spiritual teachers.
Drawing on 40 years of deep personal experience of vipassana/mindfulness meditation and dharma practice, he has, over the last 25 years, guided thousands of people worldwide in exploring Buddhist teachings and perspectives, practicing meditation and rediscovering the magic of the moment.
He is also well known for applying these methods and principles to promoting peace in the Middle East. Stephen has worked since 1975 in the field of herbal and complementary medicine as an author, consultant and researcher.
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