plural -s
: one of the perfect virtues (as morality, charity, patience, wisdom) that must be practiced by one who undertakes the path to Buddhahood

Word History


Sanskrit pāramita, from pāramita, adjective, crossed, traversed, transcendent, from pāra bringing across + ita gone, past participle of eti he goes; akin to Sanskrit piparti he brings over

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“Paramita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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