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  1. 51/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    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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  2. 50/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    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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  3. 49/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    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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  4. 48/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Forty-eighth Gate

    Hidden expedient means are a gate of Dharma illumination; for they
    are sensitive to many kinds of suffering.

    Expedient means :
    conducive to advantage for a particular purpose

    May we together with all buddhas
    Harbour many ways of teaching
    That we may increase compassion and sensitivity

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe ...
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  5. 47/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Forty-seventh Gate

    The mind without enmity and intimacy is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it], when among enemies and intimates, we are impartial.

    Enmity / Intimacy:

    a feeling or condition of hostility / a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of


    May we together with all buddhas
    Free our minds from hatred and attachment
    That we may be assured of impartiality

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