The Six Paramitas: Discipline

November 8, 2021   |   17 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 24:44.

Dear Open Heart Project,

Thank you for signing up for this six video series on the six paramitas or transcendent actions. The first paramita, generosity, was covered here. Please enjoy this talk on the second paramita, discipline. And look for the next video in the series (on patience) next week.

Thoughts, questions, notions? Please leave them in comments. I always love to hear from you.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Anette Urbanski

    Thank you Susan , for sharing and reminding so connecting and useful about discipline. Needed that deeply. Reminders mean the world to me at the moment.

    Thank you for practicing together.
    ” Together we can , together we will”

    Love greetings from here โค๏ธ

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Sending love from here!

  • Posted by:  Amy oliff

    This series is great. So accessible and interesting. You always present the material with such grace. The returning to breath\discipline connection really resonated with me. Thank you Susan!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you, Amy! So glad this is useful. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Catherine Jennings

    Thank you so much for this beautiful talk. The paramitas were the first teachings of the dharma that I experienced and always have so much relevance for me every time they are revisited. Thank you for presenting them so genuinely.
    Love and blessings to you for your good work. Xxx

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I’m so glad our hearts and minds meet in the fertile ground of the paramitas! Truly, they are worth a lifetime of contemplation. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Gail O

    Susan, you mention “Richness.” What has gotten me through the past 15 months, post-wildfire / still-pandemic is the richness of Buddhist teachings. Committing to ‘staying awake’ during this season has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’ve wanted to numb out, many times.
    Now, as we await move-in day for our new home (Thanksgiving day) – we are on the last mile. Even so, I stand in the paradox of not grasping for happiness and not pushing away negativity — but allowing for it all.
    Now, we “finish the job.”
    Big love and gratitude to you, my teacher –

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Oh, Gail!! So happy you are closing in on moving day. This is such great news. I celebrate with you and share the gratitude. And I agree, the Buddhist teachings provide endless richness even in the darkest times. I am so happy we are on the journey together. Much love, Susan

      • Posted by:  Gail O


  • Posted by:  Betsy Loeb

    Thank you, Susan, for another thought-provoking and precious teaching. Discipline: so relieved to have a different meaning presented. I am especially interested in the second category: Gathering virtuous dharmas In some ways this seems obvious but also illusive. I wonder if you might elaborate with examples or “how to’s”. With great appreciation for your presence in my life, betsy

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad you found this useful, Betsy. As far as gathering virtuous dharmas goes, I have seen you do this gathering many times. Each time you wonder how to open your heart further–to yourself, your loved ones, the experience of being human–you gather virtue. I hope this makes sense. Do let me know? With love, Susan

      • Posted by:  Betsy Loeb

        Dear Susan, Yes! This makes such sense. I’m so appreciative for your reply. I was going all over the place with what it might mean, and your concise response is super helpful. With gratitude and love, betsy

        • Posted by:  Susan Piver


  • Posted by:  Joell Daniel

    I really have enjoyed the first two videos on the paramitas. You probably have already done this but wonder if you would consider and Austin retreat on them.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      great idea!! <3

  • Posted by:  Cheryl Finley

    Thank you, Susan. Your generosity and thoughtfulness is immensely appreciated.
    I also have your book, Start Here Now. It is beautiful, and it enriches my newly re-started practice. ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’—

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I’m so glad we can practice together, Cheryl. <3 S

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