The 101st of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

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  • Shokai
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Mar 2009
    • 6391

    The 101st of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

    Gate One Hundred and one
    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.

    Entry into the state of unrestricted speech is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we attain realization of the Dharma-eye.

    A “Dharma Gate” is 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.

    "The Buddha was unequivocal about the importance of how we employ our human capacity for speech and verbal interaction. Right Speech, also called Wise Speech or Virtuous Speech, is speech that gives rise to peace and happiness in oneself and others. Right Speech is one of the Five Precepts for ethical conduct, along with protecting life and not killing, taking only what is freely offered and not stealing, using one’s sexual energy in ways that do not harm oneself or others, and refraining from the use of intoxicants to the point that they cloud the mind. The Buddha taught that ethical conduct is the foundation of meditation practice, and is also the ground upon which our life and our spiritual journey rest. The Buddha called these precepts for ethical conduct “The Five Gifts,” because by undertaking these trainings we offer a supreme gift to other beings and to ourselves: the gift of freedom from fear, hostility, and oppression."

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    Most note worthy replies :
    To much has been said already,
    Learning to speak with kindness and love,
    May be the first step
    To unrestricted speach.

    What needs to be said?
    I've said too much.
    If Dharma fills me I don't need to worry about what I say.

    Words born of wisdom—
    Dharma drips
    From each syllable

    * Unrestricted speech : Use of wise and fearless speech

    合掌 仁道 生開 - gassho, Jindo Shokai
    gassho, Shokai

    仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

    "Open to life in a benevolent way"
  • Tairin
    • Feb 2016
    • 2742

    Unfortunately there are those for who feel that “unrestricted speech” gives the right to say whatever they want. What they miss is the intention rooted in our Precepts.

    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods


    • Ramine
      • Jul 2023
      • 82



      Sat and Lah


      • Myosho
        • May 2020
        • 81