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  1. 25/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Twenty-fifth Gate

    Truth is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we do not deceive
    ourselves..

    Truth :
    being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the actual state of reality
    That we may not deceive ourselves

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony ...
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    The Twenty-fourth Gate

    Veracity is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we do not
    deceive gods and human beings.

    Veracity :
    habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Intimately practice right speech
    That we may not deceive others

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe
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    The Twenty-third Gate

    Humility is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] eternal malevolence vanishes.

    Humility :
    the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Be mindful in our practice of humility
    That we may see an end to all ill will

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony ...
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  4. 22/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Twenty-second Gate

    Repentance is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] the mind
    within is stilled.

    Repentance:
    regret for any past action


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Atone for all harmful actions of old
    That our minds may be stilled

    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 opened ...
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  5. 21/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Twenty-first Gate

    Reflection on stillness is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it]
    we do not disturb the mind.

    Stillness:
    the absence of motion


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Reflect on the absence of motion
    That our mind may be free to be spacious

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The Universe
    And, may all hearts and minds ...
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