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    The Fifty-eighth Gate

    The faculty of belief is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we do not [blindly] follow the words of others.

    Belief :
    confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.


    May we together with all buddhas
    Reflect on and clarify our beliefs
    That we may not become as sheep.

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions ...
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    The Fifty-seventh Gate

    The four bases of mystical power are a gate of Dharma illumintion; for [with them] the body-and-mind is light.

    The four bases of mystical power / acting at will :
    1) chanda (volition),
    2) vīrya (effort),
    3) citta (intelligence),
    4) mīmāṃsā (profound consideration)

    mystical:
    obscure in meaning; mysterious.

    May we together with all buddhas
    Reflect on acting at will
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    The Fifty-sixth Gate
    The four right exertions are a gate of Dharma illumination; for they eliminate all evils and realize many kinds of good.

    The four right exertions :
    1) to prevent bad that has not yet occurred,
    2) to cause bad that has already occurred to be extinguished,
    3) to cause to occur good that has not yet occurred,
    4) to promote the good that has already occurred.

    Exertion / Restraint :
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    The Fifty-fifth Gate

    The Dharma as an abode of mindfulness is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] wisdom is free of blurs.

    Dharma:

    The Law; essential quality or character, as of the cosmos or one's own nature.


    May we together with all buddhas
    Reflect on the essence of the Dharma
    That we may clarify our understanding of Reality

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    May this offering bring peace to all beings
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    The Fifty-fourth Gate

    Mind as an abode of mindfulness is a gate of Dharma illumination;for [with it] we reflect that mind is like a phantom.

    mind:
    the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities, feeling


    May we together with all buddhas
    Relinquish our mind to the home of mindfulness
    That we may reflect on impermanence and egolessness
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    May this offering bring peace to all beings
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