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对牛弹琴《俗语佛源》
讥笑讲话不看对象或对不明事理的人讲道理,白费唇舌。如《镜花缘》第九十回:“对牛弹琴,牛不入耳,骂的狠好,咱们一总再算帐。”这句俗语出于中国第一篇佛教论文,即汉代的《牟子理惑论》:“公明仪为牛弹清角之操,伏食如故。非牛不闻,不合其耳矣。”禅宗亦用此语,如《续灯录·汝能禅师》:“对牛弹琴,不入牛耳。”指的是禅师说法不对根机,达不到效果。又如毛泽东《反对党八股》:“‘对牛弹琴’这句话,含有讥笑对象的意思。如果我们除去这个意思,放进尊重对象的意思去,那就只剩下讥笑弹琴者这个意思了。为什么不看对象乱弹一顿呢?”(李明权)
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