Translations

How To Eliminate Obstacles Completely? 如何圆满去障?Eliminating Obstacles 去障

去障
Eliminating Obstacles

修行去障,亦有五等。

Cultivating practice [to] eliminate obstacles [or hindrances], also has five levels [or stages].

喻如一人之身,五重缠裹,最外铁甲,次以皮裘,次以布袍,次以罗衫,又次贴肉极以轻绡。

For example, of a person’s body, [with] five layers wrapping [and] binding, [the] outermost [is metal] armour plating, next with hide [and] fur, next with cloth robes, next with silk clothing. Further next, fitting snugly [to the] skin, [is] with light silk.

次第解之,轻绡俱去,方是本体赤[骨*歷]自身也。

One after another taken off, [until the] light silk [is] completely off, then is [the] original body [seen, with] only nudity [of] one’s body.

行人外去粗障,去之又去,直至根本无明极微细障皆悉去尽,方是本体清净法身也。

Practitioners [should first] externally eliminate coarse obstacles, [having] eliminated of [them], again [further] eliminating, until fundamental ignorance’s extremely fine obstacles [are] all eliminated completely. Then is intrinsic nature’s pure Dharma body [i.e. Dharmakāya] [realised].

[Note: The sincere and diligent practice of mindfulness of Buddha is the swiftest way to eradicate obstacles, both here and in Pure Land.]

净土宗八祖莲池大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
《竹窗随笔》
Essays Written [By The] Bamboo Window

Namo Amituofo : Translation & note by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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