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  1. 97/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Ninety-seventh Gate
    Accretion of happiness is a gate of Dharma illumination; for it benefits all living beings.

    Accretion of happiness :
    An increase by natural growth in good fortune; pleasure; contentment and/or joy.


    May we together with all buddhas
    Allow the growth of happiness
    That we may contribute to the benefits of all living beings

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute ...
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    The Ninety-sixth Gate
    To teach and guide living beings is a gate of Dharma illumination;for we ourselves neither indulge pleasures nor become tired.

    To teach and guide living beings :
    The act of sharing knowledge

    May we together with all buddhas
    Teach and Guide living beings
    That we may neither indulge pleasures nor become tired.

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of ...
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    The Ninety-fifth Gate
    Acceptance of the right Dharma is a gate of Dharma illumination; for it eradicates the afflictions of all living beings.

    Acceptance of the right Dharma :
    The act of assenting or believing that which is in accordance with what is good, proper, or just with regard to reality


    May we together with all buddhas
    Accept the right Dharma
    That the afflictions of all living beings are eradicated.

    May this ...
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    The Ninety-fourth Gate
    The four elements of sociability are a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with them] we accept all living beings and, after we have attained [the truth of] bodhi, we bestow upon all living beings the Dharma

    The four elements of sociability :
    The four are (per Ch. 45, Vol III, Shobogenzo)
    dāna, free giving;
    priya-ākhyāna, kind speech;
    artha-carya, helpful conduct and
    samāna-arthatā, identity ...
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    The Ninety-third Gate
    Expedient means are a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with them] we manifest ourselves according to the dignified forms that living beings admire, and we teach and guide [living beings], accomplishing the Dharma of all the buddhas

    Expedient means :
    the wisdom of knowledge

    May we together with all buddhas
    Practice Expedient Means
    That we may be a light unto all beings

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