The six paramitas

The wisdom side of the path is so counter-intuitive that it often seems opaque and unintelligible. The more merit we accumulate, the more the barriers to understanding wisdom start to come down. As the barriers to wisdom come down, wisdom starts making sense. As our understanding of wisdom increases, we taste or experience wisdom through contemplation and meditation. Accumulating merit and wisdom are mutually reinforcing. Each help the other. We accumulate merit through practicing the six paramitas of generosity, ethics of no harm, patience, perseverance of not giving up, and concentration. The sixth is wisdom. The more we practice these five, wisdom becomes less opaque and more intelligible.