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[pah-ruhm-i-tuh] /pɑˈrʌm ɪ tə/
noun, Buddhism.
any of the practices prescribed for one aspiring to nirvana.
< Sanskrit and Pali pāramitā perfection Unabridged
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in Mahayana ("Greater Vehicle") Buddhism, any of the perfections, or transcendental virtues, practiced by bodhisattvas ("Buddhas-to-be") in advanced stages of their path toward enlightenment. The six virtues are generosity (dana-paramita); morality (sila-paramita); perseverance (ksanti-paramita); vigour (virya-paramita); meditation, or concentration (dhyana-paramita); and wisdom (prajna-paramita). Some lists expand the virtues to 10 by adding skill in the means of helping others (upaya [kausalya]-paramitas), profound resolution to produce enlightenment (pranidhana-paramita), perfection of the 10 powers (bala-paramita), and practice of transcendent knowledge (jnana-paramita).

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