Diligence (Skt. vīrya; Tib. tsöndrü; Wyl. brtson ‘grus) —
1. the fourth of the six paramitas, defined as to find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome.
Diligence is defined as: taking joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome. "Taking joy" means that diligence is concerned with the positive actions of the mind, rather than the body and speech. And the word "wholesome", distinguishes diligence from its opposite, laziness, which is taking joy in unwholesome, worldly pursuits.
There are three subdivisions:
- armour-like diligence
- diligence in action
- insatiable (or unstoppable) diligence
Chökyi Drakpa says:
- "Diligence is divided into armour-like diligence; diligence in action, which means exerting yourself to practice the Dharma and fearing laziness with as much energy as someone who discovers a poisonous snake in his or her lap; and insatiable diligence. Insatiable diligence is never being satisfied by a little, or a few months, or even a few years of virtuous practice, and instead exerting yourself to practise throughout your entire life."
- Enthusiastic effort
- Heroic perseverance (PAD)
- Joyful effort