The Five Perfections
Trust in the Order of Nature
In the Diamond Path of Tibetan Buddhism, the Five Auspicious Perfections (or the Five Certainties) teach us to awaken the primordially enlightened heart-mind within us. This elegant, multileveled teaching purifies our perceptions and serves as an antidote to being closed, turned away, inattentive, distracted, jaded, or cynical. It opens us up to the infinite potential inherent in each moment. It frames our experience in a crystalline lattice in which time has five unique dimensions. It points to the absolute, timeless dimension that is simultaneously within and beyond us throughout our lives.
Cultivating these Five Perfections helps enhance our receptivity to and trust in the order of nature and our faith in our potential and ourselves. The Five Perfections empower the learning process on all levels, conscious and unconscious; facilitate the transmission of transcendent wisdom; and maximize the intended transformative results. The classic Five Perfections are the following...
From Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now. Copyright 2011 by Lama Surya Das. Reprinted with permission from HarperOne, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers.