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The Six Perfections

The Six Perfections

 By Shin Sang - woo
The Post Reporter
dgussw@dongguk.edu
 
 Have you ever heard of the Six Perfections?  It's an ascetic exercise to be a bodhisattva in Buddhism.  Even though it's a traditional Buddhist exercise, people find new meanings in it today.  It develops leadership skills which are key to be a successful man in our society.  The Six Perfections are perfections in generosity, morality, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom.  Bodhisattva is an ideal model in Buddhism.  One must master the Six Perfections to be a bodhisattva.
 Generosity requires one to give one's own property to others, to teach Buddhist truth and to remove fear from people who have it.  Leaders who have generosity will be respected and trusted.  This is because they bestow their own property and knowledge to their people.
 To be moral, one must obey rules.  If a leader wants his people to observe rules, he must maintain them himself.  By following the rules you respect the community you belong to.
 Patience is needed when you are faced with a crisis in  life.  At that time patience will help you to overcome the crisis by controlling your mind.
 Energy is needed to accomplish something and to get rid of laziness.  "If one is born, one must perish.  So be diligent.  I entered into Nirvana by diligence," said the Buddha.  You need to be diligent to be a good leader.
 Meditation eliminates worldly thoughts and frees one's mind.  People need a leader with a clean mind and who can lead his corporation in a new direction.  This ability is essential to be a good leader.
 The above five perfections lead to wisdom, which helps you understand all the things around us.  Therefore, a wise leader does not give up when challenged and finds a solution to overcome a crisis in wisdom. 
 There is a relationship between the Six Perfections and being a good leader.  If you adapt the Six Perfections to your career, they will help improve on your leadership skills.

Shin Sang-woo  dgussw@dongguk.edu

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