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The Six Paramitas with Clive Holmes


18 May 2019 to 19 May 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Teacher: Clive Holmes
Anyone is welcome to attend this event!


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The six Paramitas are a way to live based on wisdom and compassion -these are mainstream Buddhist practices.

The paramitas lead into one another. They are:

  • generosity
  • ethical conduct
  • fortitude and forbearance
  • joyful perseverance
  • mental stability
  • wisdom

The essence of Tibetan Buddhism is wisdom and compassion: - compassion being skilful means and wisdom being transcendent understanding. Wisdom and compassion are like the two wings of a bird (i.e. the first five paramitas as one wing, wisdom as the other). They are inseparably connected and both are required if we are going to reach the other shore. With only one wing we could end up going around in circles, so without wisdom we could get in a flap and extend huge energy to get  precisely nowhere. On the other hand, we could become cold-hearted and remote without compassion. Alone they could be quite beneficial but inseparable they can bring a long-term benefit.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in meditation and mindfulness, whether beginner or more experienced, whether Buddhist or Non-Buddhist.

Clive 3About Clive Holmes

Clive Holmes has been teaching meditation for the last 20 years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.

He is co-editor of the books "Taming the Tiger" and "Restoring the Balance" by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He has a degree in Western Philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching the MSc Mindfulness.

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