[227] How To Completely Eliminate Karmic Obstacles 如何消尽业障

[227] How [To] Completely Eliminate Karmic Obstacles


Although mindfulness [of] Buddha [is] able [to] eliminate past [evil] karma, [there is] however need [to] give rise [to] great repentance, give rise [to] great fear [of karmic retribution], transform sentient beings’ mind [of] harming people [for] benefitting oneself, [to] practice [of] Bodhisattva practices [for] universally benefitting sentient beings.

[Note 1: Repentance (忏悔) can be expressed by reciting the Repentance Verse (忏悔文):


From my past, those created all evil karmas,
all due to beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,
from body, speech and mind, of those arisen,
for all I now all repent.]

[Note 2: Great fear of karmic retribution arises from great faith in karmic cause and effect (深信因果), thus repenting sincerely for past misdeeds, and resolving sincerely to not have future misdeeds.]


Then, if [with] past [evil] karma, or present [evil] karma, [with] all relying [on] this great Bodhi Mind [i.e. Bodhicitta] within, [with] the Buddha’s name’s [i.e. Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛] bright light, [they will] because of [this be] eliminated, [to be] completely gone.

[Note 3: To have ‘practice of Bodhisattva practices (菩萨行) for universally benefitting sentient beings’ is to have and express the Bodhi Mind (菩提心). With it as aspiration, even the practice of mindfulness of Buddha becomes a Bodhisattva practice, as this is done not only for self-benefits, but for benefitting all other beings too. With such great mindfulness of Buddha, his light of great blessings will be connected to firmly, to thoroughly eliminate evil karma present.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Third Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Kāng Jìyáo;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (227th Short Section): 6th [Chapter]: Encouragement [To] Pay Attention [To] Cause [And] Effect: First, Understanding Principles Of Cause [And] Effect (9th Short Section)

[Ref: #227 / 6.1.5]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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