Prajna – The Perfection of Wisdom

prajna paramitaThis paramita is the enlightened quality of transcendental wisdom, insight, and the perfection of understanding.

The essence of this paramita is the supreme wisdom, the highest understanding that living beings can attain—beyond words and completely free from the limitation of mere ideas, concepts, or intellectual knowledge. Beyond the limited confines of intellectual and conceptual states of mind, we experience the awakened heart-mind of wisdom and compassion—prajna paramita. Prajna paramita is the supreme wisdom (prajna) that knows emptiness and the interconnectedness of all things.

Dhyana – The Perfection of Concentration

Kapaleeshwarar_GopurumThis paramita is the enlightened quality of concentration, meditation, contemplation, samadhi, mindfulness, mental stability.

Our minds have the tendency to be very distracted and restless, always moving from one thought or feeling to another.

Because of this, our awareness stays fixated in the ego, in the surface layers of the mind and emotions, and we just keep engaging in the same habitual patterns of behavior.