The 106th of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

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  • Shokai
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Mar 2009
    • 6391

    The 106th of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

    Gate One Hundred and six
    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.

    Attainment of realization of the Dharma of nonappearance* is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we attain affirmation.

    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's teachings on the Four Noble Truths are sometimes compared to a physician diagnosing an illness and prescribing a treatment. The first truth tells us what the illness is and the second truth tells us what causes the illness. The Third Noble Truth holds out hope for a cure.
    The solution to dukkha is to stop clinging and attaching. But how do we do that? The fact is that it cannot be accomplished by an act of will. It's impossible to just vow to yourself, from now on I won't crave anything. This doesn't work because the conditions that give rise to craving will still be present.
    The Second Noble Truth tells us that we cling to things we believe will make us happy or keep us safe. Grasping for one ephemeral thing after another never satisfies us for long because it's all impermanent. It is only when we see this for ourselves that we can stop grasping. When we do see it, the letting go is easy. The craving will seem to disappear of its own accord.
    The Buddha taught that through diligent practice, we can put an end to craving. Ending the hamster wheel-chase after satisfaction is enlightenment (bodhi, "awakened"). The enlightened being exists in a state called nirvana.
    - Barbara O'Brien's Learn Religions

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    Through the doorway
    Extinguishing desire, hatred, and delusion
    We transform our now.

    When this and that cease
    What is not
    Becomes all that is

    * The Dharma of Nonappearance : The Third Noble Truth; what is Nirvana.

    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


    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods


    • Ramine
      • Jul 2023
      • 82


      Sat Lah