Pāramitā means "perfection" or "completeness." It relates to the pali word parama, which means “supreme” and suggests the qualities that a bodhisattva endeavors to fulfill through walking the path of practice. Pāramitā can also be defined as “gone to the beyond” or as in the how the Chinese characters convey its meaning, referring to its transcendental quality: “crossing over to the other shore”.
The pāramitās are the culmination of virtues. These virtues are cultivated in order to purify karma and guide the practitioner to live wholesomely in order to realize awakening and save all beings from dukkha.
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