Parami – Resolve

On Thursday we will welcome back our dear teacher Tuere Sala, and will consider our practice with the eighth of the ten parami, adhittana, or “resolve” (sometimes translated as “determination”).  I offer here a few quotes for reflection, in advance of our sangha meeting.  Let’s have a conversation about our personal experiences aligning adhittana with the other perfections in practice.

“Strive on with diligence.”

Common translation of The Buddha’s final words

The practice of: Determination

Develops the habit of: Persevering

By: Seeing clearly into the cause of suffering so that the resolve to change habits of mind becomes spontaneous (practicing Wise Understanding and Wise Intention, the mind-energizing aspects of the Fourth Noble Truth)

And manifests as: Tenacity.

Sylvia Boorstein, from Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart–the Buddhist Path of Kindness

“The issue of personal strength is very much to the fore when we consider resolve. However, it’s also a practice of wise discernment–what resolutions are pertinent and useful to you?  And of course that brings in our empathic sense.  Any resolve needs to be referred to the effect it has on our minds, and the intention and motivation that brings it forth.  Wise resolve isn’t aimed at proving oneself to oneself or others, or at becoming the best.  Its is a skill that can make wise reflection effective by putting it into action and sustaining it.  In this respect, it is a servant of the other parami.”

Ajahn Sucitto, from Parami: Ways to Cross Life’s Floods

“Ask yourself how many of the billions of inhabitants of this planet have any idea of how rare it is to have been born as a human being.  How many of those who understand the rarity of human birth ever think of using that chance to practice the dharma?  How many of those who think of practice actually do?  How many of those who start continue?  How many of those who continue attain ultimate realization?….As long as you fail to recognize the true value of human existence you will just fritter your life away in futile activity and distraction.  But once you really see the unique opportunity that human life can bring, you will definitely direct all your energy into reaping its true worth by putting the dharma into practice.”

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, from Journey to Enlightenment: The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche, Spiritual Teacher From Tibet

—-Daniel Comiskey


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