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The Six Perfections & Respect for All Religious Traditions

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In this episode, Tenzin Norbu with introduce the six perfections, or "paramitas," that a Bodhisattva practices on the path to Buddhahood. Cultivating and expressing the six paramitas in thought and action is the path that leads to Buddhahood, and the main purpose of The Life of Universal Loving radio program is to provide guidance about how to cultivate and practice the six pefections.

It is important to know that Bodhisattvas and Buddhas have a sympathetic regard for the beliefs and practices of non-Buddhist religions, because this sympathetic regard is an aspect of the universal love and compassion of a Bodhisattva and a Buddha. To hate or have contempt for the beliefs and practices of others is a failure to love and embrace people as they are. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas skillfully teach the skills that lead to true and lasting happiness, and it is extremely unskillful to hate or contemn others because of their beliefs and practices. It is also extremely unskillful to cause others to feel disrespected because of their beliefs.  One should appreciate this aspect of the attititude of a Bodhisattva at the very beginning of one's practice of the Bodhisattva way of life.

In the second half of the show, the singer/songwriter Guru Ganesha Singh will appear as a guest. Guru Ganesha practices the Sikh religion and his music is a beaufiful expression of some of the important practices of Sikhism.

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