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化缘《俗语佛源》
本来是指佛、菩萨、高僧等在世间示现的教化因缘。释迦牟尼与我们这个世界和众生“有缘”,一生教化不懈,就是他的“化缘”。又如唐·白居易《上弘和尚石塔碑序》说“随顺化缘,故坐甘露坛而誓众,主盟者二十年。”这是高僧的化缘。俗亦称僧侣乞食为化缘。如宋·洪迈《夷坚志》卷一谓:“元晖,近村王大子也,即作僧,为街坊化缘。”原来,佛门僧侣比丘,意为乞士,也就是以乞食为生的人。佛教戒律谓:僧侣为了维持生命而乞食,便是“净命自居”,可以“省事修道”,“破一切骄慢”。僧侣募化乞食,广结佛缘,故称化缘。推而广之,为了佛事而举办的一切募化活动,也叫化缘。(李明权)
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