How Deep Understanding Helps Us Cross Over to the Shore of Freedom and Peace

We have reached the 6th paramita this week which is prajna paramita - the perfection of understanding. Prajna paramita is the highest level of understanding because it is free from all knowledge, concepts, ideas and views.  The practice of deep understanding is rooted in accessing your inner wisdom and intuition. When we touch the seed of insight we deeply know what to do and what not to do. Often one may associate this feeling with our gut or our heart. Indeed when we listen to our body and mind it will speak its truth.  Like all the other paramitas, the Sanskit word paramita closely translates to crossing over to the other shore, being free of afflictions. Prajna develops from within the mind and when we use the ancient wisdom of the martial arts and apply it the Buddha’s prajna, it will adjust our mindset to be more calm, focused and clear, and afflictions will emerge less often. Prajna works to cuts through the afflictions caused by clinging to mistaken beliefs, distortion of our reality, and limiting views. When we develop our understanding then our afflictions will lessen and likely disappear. The amount of effort we put into applying the practice of prajna is directly correlated to the benefits you will receive. Only when one can eliminate their afflictions and adjust their mindset can your entire wisdom manifest.   Perfect understanding is present in all of the other 5 paramitas. It is like a container: if the container is not baked well in the kiln when it is made there will be cracks and the liquid will flow out of it. Without right understanding none of the other paramitas can go very far. For further study, watch Venerable Chan Master Sheng Yen discuss here “The True Meaning of Prajna Paramita”. By Kohai Dianne Hadad 3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo Mindset Coach, CPC, Warrior Spirit Circle 647-203-4882 | The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom from the classical martial arts virtues and philosophies to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy.