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  1. 17/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Seventeenth Gate

    Abandonment is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we turn
    away from the five desires*..

    *five desires
    [五欲] (Jpn go-yoku )
    (1) The desires that arise from the contact of the five sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body) with their respective objects (color and form, sound, smell, taste, and texture).
    (2) The desires for wealth, sexual love, food and drink, fame, and sleep.

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    Updated 01-06-2017 at 02:04 AM by Shokai

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  2. 16/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Sixteenth Gate

    Joy is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we abandon all
    unpleasant things.

    Joy :
    the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize delight and happiness
    That we may put unpleasant things to rest

    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The ...
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  3. 15/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifteenth Gate

    Compassion is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we do not
    kill or harm living beings.

    Compassion :
    a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another



    May we, together with all buddhas
    Realize the depth of compassion
    That we can better cope with the impermanence of life.


    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions ...
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  4. 14/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fourteenth Gate

    Benevolence is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] good
    roots prevail in all the situations of life.

    Benevolence :
    desire to do good onto others; goodwill; charitableness

    May we, together with all buddhas
    Be open and generous
    That we may prevail in all the situations of life.


    May this offering bring peace to all beings
    May our actions contribute to the harmony of The ...
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  5. 13/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Thirteenth Gate

    Mindfulness of the heavens is a gate of Dharma illumination;
    for it gives rise to a wide and big mind.

    Heavens :
    a common religious, cosmological or transcendent place from which heavenly beings (such as a God, angels, the jinn, or venerated ancestors) originate, are enthroned or inhabit.


    May we, together with all buddhas
    Be mindfull of the heavens
    That we may attain spaciousness.

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