The six paramitas comprise the training of a bodhisattva, which is bodhichitta in action. The first five paramitas correspond to the accumulation of merit, and the sixth to the accumulation of wisdom.
The six paramitas are mentioned and explained in many of the most important Indian sources, such as Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way and Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara.
- Generosity (Tib. jinpa): to cultivate the attitude of generosity.
- Discipline (Tib. tsultrim): refraining from harm.
- Patience (Tib. zöpa): the ability not to be perturbed by anything.
- Diligence (Tib. tsöndrü): to find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome.
- Concentration (Tib. samten): not to be distracted.
- Wisdom (Tib. sherab): the perfect discrimination of phenomena, all knowable things.