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  1. 9/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Ninth Gate

    Mindfulness of Dharma is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for [with it] reflection of [the state of] Dharma is pure.


    Mindfulness :
    attentive, aware, careful or heedful; awareness of the present moment

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the skill of mindfulness;
    That our reflection on the Dharma may be
    Complete, sincere and without defilement.

    May this offering bring peace ...
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  2. 8/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Eighth Gate

    Mindfulness of Buddha is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for [with it] reflection of [the state of] Buddha is pure.


    Mindfulness :
    attentive, aware, careful or heedful; awareness of the present moment


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Develop our skill of mindfulness;
    So our reflection on the Buddha may be
    Complete, sincere and without defilement..


    May this offering ...
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  3. 7/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Seventh Gate

    Pure conduct of the actions of the mind is a gate of Dharma illumination; for it eliminates the three poisons.*

    *greed, anger, and ignorance

    Conduct:
    the manner in which a person behaves, esp. on a particular occasion or in a particular context.

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the skill of comtrolling actions;
    That the three poisons may be eliminated.


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  4. 6/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Sixth Gate

    Pure conduct of the actions of the mouth is a gate of Dharma illumination; for it eliminates the four evils.*

    *1) lying, 2) suppression of speech, 3) abusive speech, 4) duplicitous speech

    Conduct:
    the manner in which a person behaves, esp. on a particular occasion or in a particular context.


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the skill of controlling actions;
    That the four evils may be ...
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  5. 5/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifth Gate

    Right conduct of the actions of the body is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for [with it] the three forms* of behavior are pure.

    *actions of body, speech, and mind.

    Conduct:
    the manner in which a person behaves, esp. on a particular occasion or in a particular context.


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the skill of controlling actions;
    That the three forms of behavior may be cleansed. ...
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