Dharma Discussion Topic: Wisdom
The Dharma Discussion Group completed its series of topics based on the Six Paramitas during the months of August through October, 2015. The final topic was “Wisdom.”
Typically, the evening discussions would include the stated topic and related concepts. Therefore, the following key points collected from the discussions are not all specific to “Wisdom” alone.
- Wisdom is the culmination of our efforts.
- We do not want to start the argument. We want to listen and observe before commenting or deciding not to comment.
- Do not confuse knowledge with wisdom. It is one part of it.
- Wisdom permeates all parts of our lives. This is why it is important to develop it.
- Read the Heartwood Sutra for a teaching about wisdom.
- Do not criticize other people’s mistakes. Teach instead of criticizing. Help them “find the heartwood” when what they are carrying is not actually heartwood.
- We live in a society that uses punishment to teach. We should use praise to teach.
- We learn generally and apply what we learn specifically.
- Wisdom comes from experience.
- Wisdom is not only knowing what to say, but also when to say it.
- Doing good is supreme happiness.
- Contemplate before asking a question. Contemplate after hearing the answer.
- The wise pay attention to cause. The foolish pay attention to result.
- Learn to let go of expected outcomes.
- Don’t expect other people to treat you well. Act good yourself and others will learn to treat you well.
- There are six things we should remember and think about every day: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Precepts, Devas (Heavens) and Giving.
- When we give, we receive other people’s acceptance. When we forgive, we receive other people’s forgiveness.
November 11, 2015