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    What's a Dharma Gate

    For anyone interested in learning more about Dharma Gates and specifically the Ippyakuhachi-hōmyōmon / One Hundred and Eight Gates of Dharma Illumination.; go to this link Vol. 4 of the Cross-Nishijima translation of Master Dogen's Shobogenzo (The True Dharma-Eye Treasury) and go to (pg 363/434) Appendix III , Where you will find an explanation of the origination of "the gates" and a listing which gives some insight as to how the Gathas posted in my Blog came into being.

    Apart from the magical way in which these gates came to be, There is no mystery involved in what the repetition of the Gathas will achieve. The repetition will help to internalize these concepts and deepen your practice. If after a while the Gates seem to be repetitive it's because they are. The whole purpose of the 108 day exercise is to purify your thinking. A simple process that in fact is quite difficult. But, with a modicum of diligence, it can be done.
    Be gentle with yourself and you'll do it one breath at a time.

    gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    gassho
    doyu sat/lah today
    I'm a visiting unsui from Bird Haven Zendo. Take what I say with a box of salt. Mmm!

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    Thanks my friend. I am keeping up with the Gates on Twitter....never used Twitter before but it’s convenient to get my daily dose of the Dharma thanks to you.

    Doshin
    St

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    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    You remind me that I need to eventually procure a copy! I may see if there is an app version available in the meantime!

    Gassho

    Victor

    Sat today

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    "Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train"-Ueshiba Morihei

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doshin View Post
    Thanks my friend. I am keeping up with the Gates on Twitter....never used Twitter before but itís convenient to get my daily dose of the Dharma thanks to you.

    Doshin
    St
    May I ask which Twitter profile you're following for this?
    Thank you! Gassho

    Victor

    Sat today

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    "Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train"-Ueshiba Morihei

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    Victor your question may be too technical for me. I got the link from a Treeleaf post and looking at my a Twitter account I believe it is 108 Dharma Gates@108Gates. Hopefully that gets you there. Maybe somebody can correct me if wrong.

    Doshin
    St

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doshin View Post
    Victor your question may be too technical for me. I got the link from a Treeleaf post and looking at my a Twitter account I believe it is 108 Dharma Gates@108Gates. Hopefully that gets you there. Maybe somebody can correct me if wrong.

    Doshin
    St
    Thanks so much!
    Gassho
    St

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    "Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train"-Ueshiba Morihei

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    Victor:
    Click on "Forum" on the ribbon, Scroll right down at the bottom of the page and there is a link to the blog

    gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shokai View Post
    Victor:
    Click on "Forum" on the ribbon, Scroll right down at the bottom of the page and there is a link to the blog

    gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    Thanks so much, Shokai!
    Gassho

    St

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    "Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train"-Ueshiba Morihei

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    Thankyou Shokai
    Gassho
    Onka
    st
    Life's too serious to be taken seriously.

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    Thank you for this, Shokai, I'm also following along on Twitter

    Gassho,

    Neil

    StLah

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    Thank you Shokai. Iíve just followed on Twitter to hopefully remind you follow *off* Twitter too, and will also check out your blog

    Gassho,
    Gukan / Libby
    STLAH

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    Thank you so much for doing this each year, Shokai.

    It is a beautiful thing.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
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    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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