The Six Paramitas & the Eightfold Path

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The Mahayana Buddhist tradition places a strong emphasis on benefiting others as the goal of Buddhist practice.  

As an expression of this attitude toward the nature of Buddhist practice, the Mahayana tradition expresses the essential elements of Buddhist practice described the Eightfold Path in an alternative model called the Six Paramitas.

The literal of meaning of paramita in Sanskrit is “Crossing over to the Other Shore (Nirvana).”

1) Generosity (Skt. Dāna, Jp. fuse 布施)

2) Moral conduct, upholding precepts (Skt. Śīla, Jp. jikai 持戒)

Corresponding elements of the Eightfold Path: Right Speech, Right Conduct, and Right Livelihood

3) Forbearance (Skt. Kṣānti, Jp. ninniku忍辱)

Corresponding element of the Eightfold Path: Right Effort with regard one’s state of mind.

4) Diligence (Skt. Vīrya, Jp. shōjin 精進)

Corresponding element of the Eightfold Path: Right Effort with regard one’s words and actions.

5) Contemplation (Skt. Dhyāna, Jp. zenjō 禪定)

Corresponding elements of the Eightfold Path: Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.

6) Wisdom (Skt. Prajñā, Jp. chie 智慧)

Corresponding elements of the Eightfold Path: Right View and Right Thought.
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As one can see, the Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattva path align with the Eightfold Path, the only difference being that attaining enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism is for the explicit purpose of serving all beings.