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  1. 56/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    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 :
    vigorous action or effort ...
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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
    May our ...
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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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  4. 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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    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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