The Six Perfections
also known as The Six Paramitas ~ the virtuous conduct & intention of the Bodhisattvas to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beingsThe Six Perfections are virtues that bring one closer to enlightenment and ultimately liberation from suffering. They are considered central to the path of a bodhisattva; someone who aspires to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
The Six Perfections are:
Generosity ~ Citrine
True selfless giving, the wish to give, is a state of mind rather than the act of giving. Giving with pure motivation leads to the perfection of generosity.
Ethics & Morality ~ Lapis Lazuli
Morality is a standard of behaviour; refraining from harming others and developing an attitude and the motivation to reflect this. Being of benefit to others and recognising their importance is key to giving and practicing morality.
Patience ~ Howlite
Patience is the ability to retain equanimity even in the face of misfortune or harm, the capacity to tolerate problems or suffering.
Enthusiastic Perseverance ~ Aventurine
This virtue is the root of all perfections, developing virtuous conduct motivated by one’s own enthusiasm rather than by some outside force.
Concentration ~ Quartz Crystal
Concentration is the power of focusing the attention; a powerful state of mind that can control mental activity & afflictions. It is also known as Samadhi ~ the highest state of mental concentration.
Wisdom ~ Amethyst
The perfection of prajna, or wisdom, is the fully developed insight into emptiness (shunyata) and dispels the ignorance caused by ego grasping.