The Practice of Perfection
by Robert Aitken
“The Paramitas are inspirations, not fixed rules.”
In religious instructions we are often told what not to do. The Ten Paramitas, or Transcendental Perfections, are two-thousand-year-old ideals that offer advice on what to do – positive means of action in the modern world. In these anecdotal essays, Robert Aitken explains the Paramitas: giving, mortality, forbearance, zeal, focused meditations, wisdom, compassionate means, aspiration, spiritual power, and knowledge.