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  1. 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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    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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    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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    The Forty-sixth Gate

    The view to expiate causes is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we attain salvation.

    Expiate:

    to atone for; make amends or reparation


    May we together with all buddhas
    Atone for all of our harmful acts
    That we may be assured of salvation

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe
    And, may all hearts ...
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    The Forty-fifth Gate

    Knowledge of names and forms is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for it clears away many obstacles.

    Names / Form:

    a word or a combination of words by which any object of thought is designated / the shape of a thing or person


    May we together with all buddhas
    Clarify our understanding of names and form
    That we may be assured of a clear path

    May this offering bring peace to all ...
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