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    The 94th of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

    Gate Ninety-four
    Read the following, place it in your heart and sleep on it. Then, tomorrow, live it until evening when you can leave a brief comment on what you may have received during the process.
    The four elements of sociability are a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with them] we accept all living beings and, after we have attained [the truth of] bodhi, we bestow the Dharma upon all living beings.

    The four elements of sociability : ( Shobogenzo, Chpt. 45, Vol III ):
    1.) is free giving
    2.) is kind speech
    3.) is helpful conduct
    4.) is cooperation

    By “Dharma Gate”, We mean a teaching or practice that can lead to spiritual growth: some kind of positive outcome in terms of our practice. A way to approach the truth.

    Koan: 菩提薩摩 四 摂法
    Four Elements of a Bodhisattva’s Social Relations
    "Bodaisatta means “bodhisattva,” a person who is pursuing the Buddhist truth; shi means “four”; and shobo means “elements of social relations” or “methods for social relations.” The four are dana, free giving; priya-akhyana, kind speech; artha-carya, helpful conduct; and samana-arthata, identity of purpose, or co-operation. Buddhism puts great value on our actual conduct. For this reason, our conduct in relating to each other is a very important part of Buddhist life. In this chapter Master Dogen preaches that these four ways of behaving are the essence of Buddhist life. He explains the real meaning of Buddhism in terms of social relations."
    - Nishijima/cross Translation of Dogen's ShobogenzoReligion; link here

    Most note worthy replies :
    Be kind.

    True practice begins
    The moment
    We rise from our seat

    合掌 仁道 生開 - gassho, Jindo Shokai
    合掌 - gassho, Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way" URL=""][/URL]

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    hobo kore dojo / 歩歩是道場 / step, step, there is my place of practice

    Aprāpti (अप्राप्ति) non-attainment

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    Thank you for being the warmth in my world.

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    Life itself is the only teacher.
    一 Joko Beck

    安知 Anchi

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    "First you have to give up." Tyler Durden

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    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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