Translations

How Should We Face Wealth, Sex, Fame & Gain? 如何面对财色名利?Facing Situations 对境

对境
Facing Situations

人对世间财色名利境界,

Humans face worldly situations [of] wealth, sex, fame [and] gain.

以喻明之:有火聚于此,五物在傍:

With analogies [to speak] clearly of them, [this is like] having fire meeting with these five objects [that] are near.

一如干草,才触即燃者也。

[Those of the] first, [are] like dried grass [or hay]. Just touched, [it] immediately burns.

其二如木,嘘之则燃者也。

Those [of the] second, [are] like wood. [With] blowing of [air, it] thus burns.

其三如铁,不可得燃者也,然而犹可镕也。

Those [of the] third, [are] like metal, [that] cannot [be] burnt. However, [it] still can [be] melted.

其四如水,不惟不燃,反能灭火者也;然而隔之釜瓮,犹可沸也。

Those [of the] fourth, [are] like water, [that] not only [does] not burn, [it is] instead able [to] extinguish fire. However, [if] separated by [a] cauldron, [it] still can [be] boiled.

其五如空,然后任其燔灼,体恒自如,亦不须灭,行将自灭也。

Those [of the] fifth, [are] like space. After letting others [within to] burn brilliantly, [its] essence [remains] constant, unobstructed [and at] ease, also not needing [to] extinguish [the fires within, which] will shortly [be] naturally extinguished.

初一凡夫,

[The] very first [are] ordinary beings.

中属修学;

[The] middle, [from the second to the fourth], belong [to those who are] cultivating learning.

渐次最后,方名诸如来大圣人也。

Gradually [and] finally, [as the fifth, they are] then named [as] all Thus Come [Ones], great sagely persons.

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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