In the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the Buddha speaks of the “Perfection of Wisdom” and the admirable traits of the Bodhisattva.
This wisdom is, of course, the Prajna, the inherent wisdom that is within all of us. When we let this Wisdom act through us, we are flowing with the Tao, going with the Cosmic Rhythm. The best way I know for doing this is through T’ai Chi Chih, not through words, doctrine, or rituals. When the Chi flows freely and is balanced, the Cosmic Rhythm begins to move us, the metabolism tends to change and we become reborn, with great effects on longevity of life.
As to the admirable traits of a bodhisattva, it is almost impossible to fully express them in modern life. It would mean giving up the “I” and “mine,” moving away from the “pleasure-pain” continuum and ceasing to be selfish individuals, no matter how right that selfishness seems to be. There are few bodhisattvas in the modern world.
Are we willing to put aside the unimportant to reach this Wisdom, or are we simply interested in entertaining ourselves and being lived by our vashanas, the habit energies we are unwilling to change or give up?
This article is published in Spiritual Odyssey.