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Six Perfections:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit ṣaṭpāramitā defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 17):

  1. The perfection of generosity (dāna-pāramitā),
  2. The perfection of virtue (śīla-pāramitā),
  3. The perfection of patience (kṣānti-pāramitā),
  4. The perfection of energy (vīrya-pāramitā),
  5. The perfection of meditation (dhyāna-pāramitā),
  6. The perfection of wisdom (prajñā-pāramitā).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ṣaṣ-pāramitā, ‘six perfections’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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