You are welcome to sign up for this e-course any time before the last day, July 27. After you do, you will find in your account an archive of the sessions covered so far, and you can read them online or resend them to yourself.

One of Buddhism’s paths to awakening is called the “perfections,” or paramitas. These consist of ten guiding principles for creating a blessed life. These values guide you on a path that is personally and communally fulfilling. Most importantly, they are relevant to how you live each day of your life.

In this e-course, course leader Donald Altman broadens these Buddhist teachings to include wisdom from other wisdom traditions — since all the traditions embrace them. When he thinks of working with the ten enlightened principles, he is reminded of a favorite quote from Sufi mystic Inayat Khan, who said, "Freedom is not the path to freedom; discipline is the path to freedom."

When you sign up for this e-course, you receive:

  • 12 detailed emails, delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with practices, quotes, and inspirations
  • A Practice Circle forum open 24/7 for sharing and receiving feedback from an international community of participants along with guidance from Donald Altman

Each email focuses on practicing a guiding principle:

  • Intro Week 1: Introduction to the ten perfections, or paramitas.
    This background information will describe put this overall practice in a daily context.
  • Perfection #1: Generosity
    Tap altruism to feel the joy that comes from service and giving.
  • Perfection #2: Effort
    Nothing gets done without first energizing your spiritual lamp!
  • Perfection #3: Patience
    Open new pathways to patience, forgiveness and forbearance.
  • Perfection #4: Ethics
    Explore how discipline and precepts can purify daily actions.
  • Perfection #5: Simplicity and Meditation
    Use daily simplicity and contemplation to invite inner peace.
  • Perfection #6: Wisdom
    Learn how to awaken to your innate wisdom and intuition.
  • Perfection #7: Truthfulness
    Honor your deepest being by living your integrity and honesty.
  • Perfection #8: Steadfastness
    Strengthen resolve and commitments to what matters in your life.
  • Perfection #9: Equanimity
    Develop a steady and balanced perspective of daily life and others.
  • Perfection #10: Loving-Kindness
    Empower yourself and others with this life-changing blessing.
  • Closure: Putting It All Together
    We’ll explore how to continue working with these enlightened principles for a blessed life.

Donald Altman, profiled in our Living Spiritual Teachers project, is a psychotherapist, award-winning author, former Buddhist monk, and international mindfulness teacher and trainer. He is dedicated to bringing ancient spiritual practices, tools, and wisdom into modern living.

The ten perfections truly are a practical path for gaining greater freedom in your life — the freedom that comes from knowing how to live beneficially and inspire those around you by being the best person that you can be.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

Monday, July 2 - Friday, July 27


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