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Buddhadharma : Fall 2018
44 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY through all the practices of a being of great spiritual capacity. After a practitioner has developed bodhicitta, he or she engages in the bodhisattva’s deeds or activities. This means taking the bodhisattva vows and practicing the six perfections. The vows embrace all physi- cal, verbal, and mental actions, whereby whatever we do is only for the benefit of others and never just for ourselves. The great waves of the bodhisattva’s deeds can be summarized as the six perfections: generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyous effort, meditative con- centration, and wisdom. The first five perfections are the method side of a bodhisattva’s practice. The sixth perfection is about devel- oping wisdom or insight. Before beginning a discussion about how to develop insight, it is helpful to recall briefly the nature of the fifth perfection, meditative concentration. This is the ability of the mind to settle calmly on the object of one’s choice for as long as one wishes. With meditative concentration, the mind can comfortably focus without distraction. Usually, when we try to think about something, the mind stays with the object for a short while—but before we know it, the mind goes off somewhere else without control. When we develop a special type of single-pointed meditative concentration known as shamatha, the mind no longer has this negative quality. It can remain focused on a chosen object for any length of time effortlessly and without distraction. However, special conditions and great effort are needed to train the mind to focus this way. So when striving to develop shamatha, yogis usually go to live in quiet solitary places like mountain caves or forests. They know that if they stay close to distracting activities and interfering people, their minds will be filled with disturbing thoughts. If they are in the presence of alluring objects of the senses, they will fall under the power of attraction to them. In contrast, when sitting in a deep cave without hearing or seeing much of the outside world, concentration can arise more easily. Silence and solitude are required to free the mind to focus joyfully on an object of meditation.