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  1. 11/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Eleventh Gate

    Mindfulness of generousity is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for [with it] we do not expect reward.

    Generosity :
    willingness and liberality in giving, freedom from pettiness
    or small mindedness, a generous act, abundance, plenty

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Give with open hearts
    That we can freely see the joy it brings.

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our ...
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  2. 10/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Tenth Gate

    Mindfulness of Sangha is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for [with it] attainment of the truth is steadfast.


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

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the skill of mindfulness;
    That with our brothers and sisters,
    We can harmoniously reach the truth.

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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