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  1. 53/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifty-third Gate

    Feeling as an abode of mindfulness is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we detach from all miscellaneous feelings.

    Feeling:
    the general state of consciousness considered independently of particular sensations, thoughts, etc.


    May we together with all buddhas
    Relinquish our body to the home of mindfulness
    That we may deepen our understanding of suffering.

    May this offering bring ...
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  2. 52/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifty-second Gate

    The body as an abode of mindfulness is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] all dharmas are serene.

    Abode:
    a place in which a person resides

    Body :
    “the whole universe in ten directions is the real body”

    May we together with all buddhas
    Relinquish our body to the home of mindfulness
    That we may live intimately with its impurity

    May this offering bring peace to all ...
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    The Fifty-first Gate

    Realization of nonappearance is a gate of Dharma illumination; for
    [with it] we experience the truth of cessation

    Nonappearance:
    a euphuism for nirvana


    May we together with all buddhas
    Be mindful of nonappearance
    That we may experience reality

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe
    And, may all hearts and ...
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    The Fiftieth Gate

    The sense organs are a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with them] we practice the right way.

    Sense organs:
    Eye, Ear, Nose, Tongue, Body and Mind


    May we together with all buddhas
    Contemplate the use of senses
    That we may clarify our intentions

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe
    And, may all hearts and minds be ...
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    Forty-ninth Gate

    Equality of all elements is a gate of Dharma illumination; for it obviates all rules for harmonious association.

    Equality :
    correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability.


    May we together with all buddhas
    Treat all dharmas as empty and equal
    That there be no need for rules

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe ...
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