The Six Perfections in Buddhism

Buddhism which is based on the teachings of the great man called Buddha, is more of psychology than religion as some of us think. On the positive psychology side, Buddhism places more priority on the invaluable qualities as must-have for happiness and well-being, other than spending time researching the causes and effects of depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, compulsion and other mental disorders which some researchers and thinkers do.

“the exclusive focus on pathology that has dominated so much of our discipline results in a model of the human being lacking the positive features that make life worth living,” says Dr. Martin Seligman, a former president of the American Psychological Association.

In Buddhism and as earlier suggested by BuddhaGroove, the following six perfections are considered “invaluable qualities,” and are regarded as some of the routes to securing happiness and well-being:



Buddhists consider giving without selfishness as the first perfection. A loving intent is what brings about a true generosity; any gift given without love and a genuine intention to help is considered to bring about a harmful effect.

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