55.  The 6 Classes of Sense-impression are:  visual impression, impression of hearing, smelling, tasting, bodily impression, and mental impression.

55-1.  The 6 Dusts are produced by sense objects and the sense organs, namely, sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and consciousness.  Since dust is dirt, these 6 dusts are the origin of all impurities.

56.  The 6 Higher Powers (or Supernormal Knowledge)  consist of 5 mundane powers attainable through the utmost perfection in mental concentration, and one supermundane power attainable through penetrating Insight, i.e. Extinction of all Cankers.  They are:  (1) Magical Powers, (2) Divine Ear,  (3) Penetration of the Mind of Others, (4) Divine Eye, (5) Remembrance of Former Existences, and (6) Extinction of all Cankers.

57.  The 6 Perfections are:  generosity, morality, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom.

58.  The 6 Realms of Existence are:  the realms of heaven, human beings, asura (demon), animal, hungry ghost, and hell.

59.   The 6 Recollections (or Meditation, Contemplation) are:  (1) Recollection of the Buddha, (2) Recollection of His Doctrine, (3) Recollection of His Community of Noble Disciples, (4) Recollection of Morality, (5) Recollection of Liberality, and (6) Recollection of Heavenly Beings.

60.  The 6 Roots are:  eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind.

61.  The 6-fold Group are:  the Solid, Liquid, Heat, Motion, Space, and Consciousness.

62.  The 6 Types of Men (or 6 Kinds of Human Character) are:  (1) the greedy-nature, (2) the hate-nature, (3) the dull-nature, (4) the faithful-natured, (5) the intelligent-natured, and (6) the ruminating-natured.

63.  The 7 Aspects of Bodhi (or 7 Factors of Enlightenment) are:  (1) Mindfulness, (2) Investigation of the Law (Dharma), (3) Determination (Energy) , (4) Rapture (Joy), (5) Tranquility, (6) Concentration, and (7) Equanimity.  Because they lead to Enlightenment, therefore they are called “Factors of Enlightenment.”

64.  The 7 Contemplations are:  (1) Contemplating (formations) as impermanent, one abandons the perception of permanence; (2) Contemplating (them) as painful, one abandons the perception of happiness; (3) Contemplating (them) as non-self, one abandons the perception of self; (4) Becoming dispassionate, one abandons delighting; (5) Causing fading away, one abandons greed; (6) Causing cessation, one abandons originating; and (7) Relinquishing, one abandons grasping.

65.  The 7 Stages (Kinds) of Purification are:  (1) the Purification of Morality, (2) the Purification of Mind, (3) the Purification of View, (4) the Purification by Overcoming Doubt, (5) the Purification by Knowledge and Vision of What is Path and not-path, (6) the Purification by Knowledge and Vision of the Path-progress, and (7) the Purification of Knowledge and Vision; but the goal of this purification is deliverance freed from all clinging.  (See:  The 9 Kinds of Knowledge)

66.  The 7 Treasures are:  gold, silver, lapis, lazuli, crystal, agate, red pearl, and carnelian.  They represent the 7 qualities:  faith, perseverance, ‘moral shame’, avoidance of wrong-doing, learning, liberality, and wisdom.

67.  The 8 Blessings of the knowledge (of the 7 Contemplations) are: (1) abandoning the belief in eternal existence; (2) giving up attachments to life; (3) constant right application (of mind to meditative endeavour); (4) a purified livelihood; (5) overcoming of anxiety; (6) absense of fear; (7) acquisition of forbearance and gentleness; and (8) conquest of discontent and sensual delight.

68.  The 8 Consciousnesses are: (1) Sight Consciousness, (2) Hearing Consciousness, (3) Scent Consciousness,  (4) Taste Consciousness, (5) Touch Consciousness, (6) Ordinary Mind Consciousness, (7) Defiled Mind Consciousness, and (8) Alaya Consciousness (See: Consciousness).  The term “consciousness” refers to the perception or discernment which occurs when our sense organs make contact with their respective objects.

68-1.  The Noble 8-fold Path is the path leading to the cessation of suffering, i.e. the last of the 4 Noble Truths.  The Noble 8-fold Path is divided into 3 higher trainings, namely: (1) Morality: Right Speech, Right Bodily Action, and Right Livelihood; (2) Wisdom: Right View, and Right Thought; and (3) Concentration:  Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.

69.  The 8 Kinds of Deliverance (Liberation) are:  (1) Deliverance of Mind, (2) Deliverance through Voidness, (3) Boundless Deliverance, (4) Desire for Deliverance, (5) Deliverance through Wisdom; plus the 3 Gateways Liberations, which are (1) the Conditionless Liberation; (2) the Desireless Liberation, and (3) the Emptiness (or Void) Liberation.

70.  The 8 Sufferings are:  birth, old age, disease, death, separation from loved ones, meeting with the uncongenial, unfulfilled wishes, and the suffering associated with the 5 raging Skandhas (or 5 Aggregates).  The 5 Skandhas are: form (physical body), feeling, perception, mental-formation, and consciousness.

71.  The 8 Worldly Conditions are:  gain and loss, honor and dishonor, happiness and misery, praise and blame.  They arise in connection with worldly life.

72.  The 9 Kinds of Knowledge are:  (1) Knowledge consisting in contemplation of Rise and Fall, (2) in Contemplation of Dissolution, (3) in Awareness of Terror  (or the Fearful), (4) in Contemplation of Misery, (5) in Contemplation of Aversion, (6) in the Desire for Deliverance, (7) in Reflecting Contemplation, (8) in Equanimity regarding all formations of existence, which is followed by (9) in Adaptation to Truth.

(Spring Liao, 05/25/2011)