The Six Paramitas: GenerosityOctober 25, 2021 | 17 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 22:12.
Dear Open Heart Project,
Hello, excellent person. I’m so glad to welcome you to the first video in our new six-video series, The Six Paramitas (or transcendent actions).
I’ve been studying and appreciating the Six Paramitas for many years. As is so for many wisdom teachings, with every moment of understanding comes the realization that it is all much deeper than I realized. Rather than feeling at home and comfy when I study them–oh, now I get it!!— I see that my understanding is just one small part of an enormous kingdom of knowing. In that sense, they are exceedingly generous.
Which brings us to paramita number one, Generosity.
No matter what we attempt to accomplish in our lives, be it spiritual, creative, romantic, practical, political, if we do not begin with generosity, our efforts will be less meaningful on all the levels.
Do not take my word for this! Or anything! Have a listen to this short talk and then we will sit together for 10 minutes. Then let me hear from you! I love to hear from you.
As you know, this series is free. Please feel free to forward to anyone who might benefit from it. The sign up is here.
PS This is super exciting: From Dec 26-Jan 1, the Open Heart Project is offering a free program to help us enter the new year with confidence and inspiration, Building a Mindful New Year. Each day for six days, a different (and amazing) Buddhist teacher will give a talk and lead a meditation on, you guessed it, the Six Paramitas! So you’ll get a chance to learn about these amazing actions from a variety of perspectives. Stay tuned for the program announcement to save your spot.
PPS. Moms and everyone who knows a mom, check this out!! The great and wise Jenna Hollenstein will be here Nov 14 to discuss the spiritual journey of motherhood–which, as all moms know, includes indescribable love, unbelievable messes, exhaustion, inspiritation, irritation, and endless opportunities to stretch the heart’s boundaries. Please click below to save your spot and/or forward to a mom you love.