Translations

[1] Qīngcǎotáng In His Later Life Becoming Duke Zēnglǔ 青草堂后身曾鲁公

《龙舒净土文》
Lóngshū’s Pure Land Text
第七卷:指迷归要七篇
[7] Seventh Scroll: Seven Essays [On] Essentials [For] Pointing [Out To The] Lost [For Their] Return

参禅者多不信净土,以为著相,欲直指人心,见性成佛。此说甚善,极不易到,反成弊者多矣。

Those [with] Chán contemplation, [who practise Self-powered meditation, are with] many not believing [in] Pure Land, assuming [it is] attachment [to] form. [They] desire [to] directly point [to the] human mind, [to] see [its] nature [to] become Buddhas. This saying [is] extremely good, [yet] extremely not easy [to] reach [in practice], instead [with] those becoming disadvantaged many.

故今详言参禅之弊,且引事迹为证。与诸修行不知其要者,并举而言之。故此卷名《指迷归要》。

Thus, now detailedly speaking of [the] disadvantages of Chán contemplation, moreover citing important past events as proof. Giving [this to] all [with spiritual] cultivation, [who do] not know its essentials, together [for them] raising, then speaking of [this too]. Thus [with] this scroll named [as] ‘Essentials [For] Pointing [Out To The] Lost [For Their] Return’.

青草堂后身曾鲁公
[1] Qīngcǎotáng[In His] Later Life [Becoming] Duke Zēnglǔ


宋朝有二青草堂,在前者年九十余。有曾家妇人,尝为斋供及布施衣物,和尚感其恩,乃言:「老僧与夫人作儿子。」

[In the] Sòng Dynasty, [there] were two [Chán Masters named] Qīngcǎotáng. That earlier [one was] more than ninety [years old. There] was [a] Zēng family’s woman, [who] once served [him with] veg[etari]an [food] offerings and gave [him] clothing. [The] Venerable, [for] thanking her kindness, then said, ‘[This] old monastic [will] give [to] madam, [by] becoming [your] son.’ 

一日,此妇人生子,使人看草堂,已坐化矣。所生子,即曾鲁公也。

One day, [when] this woman [gave] birth [to a] son, dispatching [a] person [to] see Qīngcǎotáng, [he had] already sat [and] departed. That born son, then [became] Duke Zēnglǔ [i.e. Zēng Gōngliàng (曾公亮), or Duke of the country of Lǔ’ (鲁国公)].

以前世为僧,常修福修慧,故少年登高科,其后作宰相。以世俗观之,无以加矣。虽然,此亦误也。何则?

[In the] past life as [a] monastic, constantly cultivating blessings [and] cultivating wisdom, thus [when] young, climbing high [in an] imperial exam, he later became [the] prime minister. With [the] worldly [and] secular looking at this, [this is] without [anything] further [advantageous to] add. Even though [so], this [is] also [a] mistake. Why thus?

此世界富贵不长久,受尽则空,又且随业缘去,轮回无有了时。

This worldly wealth [and] honour [does] not last long, [with] receiving [of them] exhausted then empty, also moreover, according [with] karmic conditions going, [to be] reborn without having [an] ending time.

不如且生西方,见佛了生死大事,却来作宰相。

[This is] not as good, moreover, [as] birth [in the] Western [Pure Land, to] see [the] Buddha [and be] liberated from [the] great matter [of] birth [and] death, [then] coming back [to] become [a] prime minister.

故虽入胞胎中受生,此一性已不昧。所以虽在轮回世界中,已不受轮回,而生死去住自如矣。

Thus, although entering [the] womb within [to] receive birth, [of] this one [Buddha-]nature, already not ignorant [of it]. Therefore, although [with] rebirth within [the] world, already not receiving rebirth, yet [with] birth [and] death, going [and] abiding with ease.

今未能了生死,乃念区区恩惠,为人作子,则不脱贪爱,永在轮回。其失计甚矣。

Now, yet able [to be] liberated [from] birth [and] death, then showing affection [for] mere favours, for [a] person becoming [a] son, then not liberated [from] greedy attachment, [to be] forever in rebirth, this loss [of the] plan [for attaining Buddhahood] is extreme.

宋‧王日休
《龙舒净土文》

第七卷:指迷归要七
Sòng [Dynasty’s] Wáng Rìxiū
Lóngshū’s Pure Land Text:
Seventh Scroll: Seven Essays [On] Essentials [For] Pointing [Out To The] Lost [For Their] Return

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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七篇
Seven Essays:

《龙舒净土文》
第七卷:指迷归要七篇
Lóngshū’s Pure Land Text:
[7] Seventh Scroll: Seven Essays On Essentials For Pointing Out To The Lost For Their Return
https://purelanders.com/longshu7

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