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  1. Dharma Gate Review

    Once again we have completed the 108 day vigil from Winter Soltice to Vesak. I trust if you have been following along that it helped in your practice. I look forward todo this again starting on December 21st, 2017 for a fifth year.

    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 to the Present

    gassho, Shokai
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  2. 109/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The One Hundred and ninth Gate
    The state in which water is sprinkled on the head is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it], following birth in a family, we are at last able to realize anuttara samyaksambodhi.

    Anuttara Samyaksambodhi :
    the supreme right and balanced state of complete truth

    May we together with all buddhas
    Realize the majesty of our birth
    That we attain the non-goal of ultimate enlightenment
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  3. 108/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The One Hundred and eighth Gate
    The wisdom that leads us from one state to another state is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it], having water sprinkled on the head, we accomplish total wisdom

    Ultimate Wisdom :
    that which is available to all who persevere in their practice


    May we together with all buddhas
    Aspire to ultimate wisdom
    That we know the Dharma of all buddhas..

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  4. 107/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The One Hundred and Seventh Gate
    The state beyond regressing and straying is a gate of Dharma illumination; for it is replete with the Dharma of past buddhas..

    The state beyond regressing and straying :
    to no longer backslide or lose focus

    May we together with all buddhas
    Transend regressing and straying
    That we may become intimate with the Dharma of past buddhas..

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our ...
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  5. 106/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The One Hundred and Sixth Gate
    Attainment of realization of the Dharma of nonappearance is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we attain affirmation.

    The Dharma of Nonappearance :
    The Third Noble Truth; what is Nirvanna

    May we together with all buddhas
    Attain realization of the Dharma of non-appearance
    That we may have affirmation.

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the ...
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