Extracted from the website of Buddhist Vajrayana Charity Funds Association and translated (六度萬行) into English:
Six Perfections and Myriad Practices
‘Six Perfections’ is also known as ‘Six Paramitas’ in Sanskrit.
'Paramita’ denotes ‘arriving at the other shore’. ‘Six Perfections’ means if one practises these six dharmas, one can cross over from this shore of life, death and distress to the other shore of enlightenment and nirvana. Buddhist cultivators must practise dharma in a way like a bridge to accumulate merits, virtues and benevolent karma.
2. Taking and Upholding Precepts
3. Endurance and Patience
4. Perseverance of Effort and Diligence
This is to give all of one's own possessions to others. 【Sutra of Boundless Longevity】 states: ‘Return a favour with kind acts’. Charitable-giving is the important resource for the practice to transcend of this world. When practising Charitable-Giving, as long as one maintains the heart of equality and happiness, not only would the beneficiaries receive the benefits, it can also cure one's own stinginess and greed. Thus, it is what we call One Act Two Benefits. Moreover, Charitable-Giving is divided into three types. They are Money-giving, Dharma-giving and Fearless-giving. The so called ‘Generously Open Your Purse, Fortune Shall Surely Return’, rightly illustrates the spirit of Charitable-Giving.
Taking and Upholding Precepts:
This means one must follow and comply with the Vinaya discipline. As the Buddha Sakyamuni entered Nirvana, he said, “When I am gone, regard the Vinaya discipline as Master.” The Vinaya discipline can help people to maintain self-control.
Endurance and Patience:
This means resigning oneself to adversity. When facing adversities, one does not feel any anger, but only forbearance and forgiveness. One must have firm endurance in order to overcome difficulties, and to fulfil the affairs of liberation from the cycle of life and death.
Perseverance of Effort and Diligence:
This means unremitting efforts. Initiate one's Bodhicitta, up until one becomes a Buddha. One must possess the spirit of great fearlessness, with bravery and diligence.
This means peaceful contemplation. By practising meditation, keeping a clear mind, maintaining a calm and stable mental state, one can then overcome desire and delusion.
Wisdom (Prajna in Sanskrit) refers to the Highest Wisdom attained by enlightened people similar to the Buddha, which truthfully analyses and accurately interprets the truth of the universe and human life. 【Heart Sutra】 states: “Buddhas of three eras, according to Prajna Paramita, One can attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi (Sanskrit word meaning unexcelled complete enlightenment, which is an attribute of every Buddha. It is the highest, correct and complete or universal knowledge or awareness, the perfect wisdom of a Buddha).” This means all Enlightened Buddhas, rely on this kind of ‘Prajna’, to completely awaken to the truth and, in turn, to reach Buddha Attainment. Therefore, those who request for a way to liberation, must have ‘Wisdom’ (Prajna) to think carefully and to clearly handle matters and reasoning. Moreover, this method of study and practice can only be ‘cultivated’ successfully after comprehensive and thorough research and by the observation of matter and reason.