The 109th of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

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  • Shokai
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Mar 2009
    • 6391

    The 109th of 108 Gates Of Dharma Illumination

    Today, we celebrate the Baby Buddha's Birthday!
    Gate One Hundred and nine

    The state in which water is sprinkled on the head is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it], following birth in a family, we are at last able to realize Anuttara Samyak sambodhi.

    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.

    Koan:
    "The Heart Sutra says (there are a number) of things that do not exist, but Dogen Zenji says that these things are in fact prajna exactly because they are empty, because they are impermanent and lack independent existence. Everything is prajna itself. .... There is also a single instance of prajna manifesting itself right now -- unsurpassable, complete, perfect awakening. "Unsurpassable, complete awakening" is a translation of anuttara-samyak-sambodhi. Anuttara means "unsurpassable" or "beyond comparison." Samyak means "true," "right," "genuine," or "authentic." Sambodhi means "awakening" or "realization." This phrase is an epithet for Shakyamuni Buddha's awakening under the bodhi tree."
    - Shohaku Okumura; Realizing Genjokoan pg38

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    * Anuttara Samyak sambodhi : the supreme right and balanced state of complete truth.



    Not to be wasted
    So precious
    Is this human birth



    Come back tomorrow to celebrate the start of my 88th trip around the sun !!!
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    合掌 仁道 生開 - gassho, Jindo Shokai
    stlah
    Last edited by Shokai; 04-09-2024, 01:11 AM.
    合掌,生開
    gassho, Shokai

    仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

    "Open to life in a benevolent way"

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39275

    #2
    Oh, congratulations once again, Shokai! You brought it home for another year.

    And Happy Birthday to you too! (It is also Shokai's Birthday today)

    Gassho, Jundo

    stlah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Tairin
      Member
      • Feb 2016
      • 2733

      #3
      Happy Birthday Shokai. Thank you for bring the Gates to life again this year.


      Tairin
      Sat today and lah
      泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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      • Ramine
        Member
        • Jul 2023
        • 79

        #4
        Thank you Shokai, and happy birthday!



        Ramine
        Sat and Lah

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        • Tai Do
          Member
          • Jan 2019
          • 1362

          #5
          Happy Birthday, Shokai. Thank you for bringing us the Gates!
          Gassho,
          Tai Do
          Satlah
          怠努 (Tai Do) - Lazy Effort
          (also known as Mateus )

          禅戒一如 (Zen Kai Ichi Nyo) - Zazen and the Precepts are One!

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          • Shonin Risa Bear
            Member
            • Apr 2019
            • 921

            #6
            Equanimity.


            ds in gratitude: today sat, maybe lah
            Visiting priest: use salt

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