Translations

Why Not Direct Energy For The Path? 何不把精力转于道上?Abandoning That Good At 弃舍所长

弃舍所长
Abandoning That Good At

凡人资性所长,必著之不能舍。

Ordinary beings’ natural endowments [on] that [they are] good at, will [be] attached [to], not able [to be easily] renounced.

如长于诗文者,长于政事者,长于货殖者,长于战阵者,乃至长于书者、画者、琴者、棋者。

Such [as] those good at poetry [and] literature, good at political matters, good at trading, good at battle arrays, and even those good at calligraphy, painting, zither [and] chess.

皆弊精、竭神、殚智、尽巧以从事;

All exhaust [their] energy, vitality, intelligence [and] skills, with [these] undertaking matters;

而多有钩深穷玄,成一家之名以垂世不朽。

with many having probing [for the] abstruse, [to] exhaust [the] profound, [for] accomplishing fame [for] one’s family, with [it to be] bequeathed [to] later generations without decay.

若能弃舍不用,转此一回精神智巧,抵在般若上,何患道业之无成乎?

If able [to] abandon [this, not using [them], turning them [at] once, [to] return this energy, vitality, intelligence [and] skills, [to] support [realisation of] Prajñā [i.e. perfect wisdom], why worry [about the] path’s undertakings [to be] without accomplishment?

而茫茫古今,千百人中,未见一二矣!

Yet, [of the] boundless then and now, [of] thousands [of] hundreds [of] people within, yet [to] see [are] one [or] two [doing so]!

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 by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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