Reclaiming Wholeness

Practicing with the 6 Paramitas to Go Beyond Internalized Oppression

7 - month Practice Program November 2018 - May 2019

To practice the paramitas is “to go to the other side”, to “go beyond”, or to access our “perfection”; our wholeness.

“(The) word paramita soon became a technical term in Buddhist ethics naming the dimensions of human character that are most important in the state of enlightenment.

For Buddhists, the ‘thought of enlightenment’ is the ideal image that gives purpose and directions to human lives —- it guides decisions, provides reasons for acting, and shapes the will.” **

The 6 Mahayana Paramitas are:

  1. Dāna: generosity, free-giving, mutuality

  2. Śīla: virtue, morality, discipline, appropriate conduct 

  3. Kṣānti: patience, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, endurance 

  4. Vīrya: energy, diligence, vigor, effort 

  5. Dhyāna: one-pointed concentration, contemplation 

  6. Prajñā: wisdom, insight

The forces of oppressions are real. Their impacts can be deep. This 7-month Practice Program aims to bring the lens of awareness, wisdom, and compassion to meet our experiences of oppression and to realize how it does not define us.

We are more than our pains. Through studying and applying the teachings of the 6 aspects of the paramitas, we will “go beyond” the scars of our internalized oppression to reconnect and reclaim our completeness; the perfection of our awakened nature.

Thank you for your interest in such a transformation. Our lives can be full of ease and joy through active intentions and compassion, enacted from our deep sense of interconnectedness.


  • Teachings at each meeting & through on-line supports

  • A 20-minutes Practice Discussion / month

  • 2 meetings / month (1 in-person & 1 on-line; see below)

    • Fully on-line participation is possible

  • Monthly Readings (books not included; see below)

  • Supportive Meditation, Practice, and/or Reflections each month

  • Small Group Interactions

Dates & Times:

Two (2) Meetings each month:

1. In-person Meetings: generally, 2nd Saturday of each month (* = exceptions/1st Saturdays), 9 - 11 a.m.

  • 2018: * November 3 and * December 1

  • 2019: *January 5, February 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11

  • at The Hobart Building
    582 Market Street (at Montgomery), Suite #1403
    San Francisco, CA  94104

(NOTE: If you are doing this fully on-line, then you would Zoom in for this meeting also)

2. Zoom Small Group: almost all 3rd Wednesdays, 6 - 7 p.m. (may be 1/2-hour more or 2 groups depending on # of participants. If there’s a second group, 7-8 p.m.) (* = exceptions/2nd Wednesday)

  • 2018: * November 14 (2nd Wednesday) and December 19

  • 2019: January 16, February 20, * March 13 (2nd Wednesday), April 17 and May 15

Transparent Honor Giving Scale

The teachings are given unconditionally. To support this Dharma event & A2Z, we offer this sangha-determined model:

Sliding-scale: (with income -match guide)

  • Pay-it-Forward: $175 / month (more than $75K)

  • Standard: $145 / month (between $35 -$75K)

  • Limited Income: $110 / month (less than $35K)

  • No one turned away due to economic hardship. Limited partial scholarships available. As dana is mutuality, please note that everyone will be asked to make a contribution. Feel free to discuss with Rev. Liên

  • In the spirit of economic transparency, please note you’ll be asked to share with the formed group this information at our first meeting on Nov. 3rd

NOTE: This Program is separate from the A2Z Meditation Group on Monday nights so this is a different commitment altogether

Books (not included in program)

  • The Six Perfections: Buddhism & the Cultivation of Character by **Dale S. Wright (Main text)

  • The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective by Robert Aitken

  • Pay Attention For Goodness Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart by Sylvia Boorstein


  • Graduate of the Awake Precepts Program with Rev. Liên

    • A comparable program or practice experience(s) may be acceptable after an interview with Rev. Liên

  • A commitment to being taught and mentored by Rev. Liên during this time

  • A steady home and/or sangha meditation practice

  • Understanding of The Matrix of Oppression by Patricia Hill Collins

    • Please Note: This program is geared for those who are fully aware of the forces of oppression in the United States and are willing to be self-reflective, able to apply critical wisdom- & compassion-based thinking, and actively seek to transform their own internalized oppression(s) habitual patterns

    • You will be asked to speak from your own experience only

  • A willingness to be open to sharing and being supportive to others

  • Have current and active support system(s)

To Apply

Please fill out this APPLICATION(v2) form and send back to joyinzen@att.net

  • by Friday, October 19