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【山门】

The Mount Gate

  山门指寺院的正门,因古时寺院多筑于山林之间,故名。山门一般有三个门,象征佛法的三解脱门,即空门、无相门、无作门,故又称“三门”。蕴含智慧、慈悲、方便之义,或象征信、解、行。

   The Mount Gate refers to the front main gate of a temple, and it originates from the fact that most temples were built on the mountains and in the woods in the ancient time.  The main gate usually has three doors, signifying the three gates of liberation in the Dharma:  Namely, “liberation through emptiness”, “liberation through signlessness (non-form)”, and “liberation through wishlessness (non-action)”.  Therefore, they are also called “The Three Gates”.  They contain the meanings of wisdom, compassion, and expedience; or they symbolize faith, understanding, and practice (cultivation).