Perfection of Wisdom
This paramita is the enlightened quality of transcendental wisdom, insight, and the perfection of understanding.
essence of this paramita is the supreme wisdom, the highest understanding that living beings can attain—beyond
words and completely free from the limitation of mere ideas, concepts, or intellectual knowledge.
the limited confines of intellectual and conceptual states of mind, we experience the awakened heart-mind of
wisdom and compassion—prajna paramita. Prajna paramita is the supreme wisdom (prajna) that knows emptiness and
the interconnectedness of all things. This flawless wisdom eliminates all false and distorted views of the
absolute. We see the essential nature of reality with utmost clarity; our perception goes beyond the illusive
and deceptive veils of material existence.
perfection of wisdom, we develop the ability to recognize the truth behind the temporary display of all
appearances. Prajna paramita is a result of contemplation, meditation, and rightly understanding the nature of
Ultimately, the full realization of
prajna paramita is that we are not simply a separate self trying to do good. Rather, virtuously serving the
welfare of all beings is simply a natural expression of the awakened heart. We realize that the one serving, the
one being served, and the compassionate action of service, are all the same totality—there is no separate ego or
self to be found in any of these.
this supreme wisdom, we go beyond acceptance and rejection, hope and fear, dualistic thoughts, and ego-clinging.
We completely dissolve all these notions, realizing everything as a transparent display of the primordial
ego is attached even to the disciplines of these paramitas, this is incorrect perception and we are merely going
from one extreme to another. In order to free ourselves from these extremes, we must release our ego attachment
and dissolve all dualistic concepts with the insight of supreme wisdom.
This wisdom transforms the other five paramitas into their transcendental state as well. Only the illumination of
supreme wisdom makes this possible.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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