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According to ཙོང་ཁ་པ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ་ (Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa)
February 28th, 2013
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According to ཙོང་ཁ་པ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ་ (Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa),
the six perfections (6 pāramitā-s) are the summation of all the key points of bodhisattva practice, which is why they are so covered at so much length in the Lamrim Chenmo:

Dāna – generosity;

Śīla – morality, or ethical discipline
  - of restraint,
  - of gathering virtue,
  - of acting for the welfare of living beings;

Kṣānti – patience
  - disregarding harm done to you,
  - accepting the suffering arising in your mind-stream,
  - being certain about the teachings;

Vīrya – perseverance
  - armor-like perseverance,
  - perseverance of gathering virtue,
  - perseverance of acting for the welfare of beings;

Dhyāna – one-pointed concentration, contemplation
  - mindfulness (not forgetting the object of meditation),
  - vigilance (recognising laxity and excitement),
  - dealing with the five faults, thanks to the eight antidotes;

Prajñā – wisdom
  - wisdom that knows the ultimate,
  - wisdom that knows the conventional,
  - wisdom that knows how to act for the welfare of beings.


The five faults are:
• laziness,
• forgetting the instructions,
laxity and excitement,
• non-application of remedy,
• application of remedy when it is not needed.

The eight remedies are:
• basis,
• effort,
• cause (confidence),
• effect (pliancy),
mindfulness,
vigilance,
intention of application (to eliminate laxity and excitement),
equanimity.


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More info:
c.f. the Lamrim outline at
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/lam_rim_outline.pdf
The Middle Length Lamrim is available as an unpublished draft at
http://www.jangchuplamrim.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/MLR_LTK_translPhQuarcoo_FinalDraft_secured1.pdf

Image: in 1902, Gustav Klimt painted the Beethoven Frieze for the 14th Vienna Secessionist exhibition. The frieze illustrates human desire for happiness in a suffering and tempestuous world in which one contends not only with external evil forces but also with internal weaknesses.
The image shows the "hostile forces":
• center: the giant Typhoeus, against whom even the gods battle in vain;
• on the left: his daughters, the three gorgons;
• above the gorgons: Sickness, Madness, Death;
• on the right: Lasciviousness, Wantonness, Intemperance.
#europeanart  
More info at http://www.secession.at/beethovenfries/1902_e.html