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    41/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Forty-first Gate

    Enjoyment of the meaning of the Dharma is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we seek the meaning of the Dharma.

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    Gassho, Shokai
    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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    Both in school and in my kids I see: enjoyment of subject aids thirst for learning aids broader and deeper understanding aids more enjoyment of subject and so on...it's a positive feedback loop.

    Sometimes the initial enjoyment is spontaneous. Sometimes it involves shifting of mental barriers to kickstart it. A year ago I'd have shuddered at sewing. Now post-rakusu making, I love it! It's a wonderfully immersive process of Dharma illumination!

    Gassho, Yokai (Chris) sat/lah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yokai View Post
    Both in school and in my kids I see: enjoyment of subject aids thirst for learning aids broader and deeper understanding aids more enjoyment of subject and so on...it's a positive feedback loop.

    Sometimes the initial enjoyment is spontaneous. Sometimes it involves shifting of mental barriers to kickstart it. A year ago I'd have shuddered at sewing. Now post-rakusu making, I love it! It's a wonderfully immersive process of Dharma illumination!

    Gassho, Yokai (Chris) sat/lah
    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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    Yokai's reflection above is quite similar to how I view this Gate. Experiencing and then seeking more of the joys that the Dharma offers—this seems like the best sort of "attachment" that one can have.

    True Dharma brings joy—
    Just one taste
    And we’re hooked for life

    Gassho,
    Seikan

    -stlah-
    聖簡 Seikan (Sacred Simplicity)

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    Finding meaning in the Dharma
    Brings a gentle rain of realization
    And relief.

    Gassho,
    Nengei
    Sat today. LAH.

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