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昙花一现《俗语佛源》
梵语“优昙钵华”(udumbara)和简称,或译作“优昙钵罗华”、“邬昙妙华”、“优昙华”,意思是祥瑞灵异。《南史》有“优昙华(花)乃佛瑞应,三千年一现,现则金轮(王)出世”之语。此花产于喜马拉雅山附近和斯里兰卡,树长一丈余,叶四五寸,花呈壶状,隐于花托。开花时间很短,俗称昙花一现,佛经中常用来比喻佛法难闻。《法华经·方便品》:“佛告舍利弗,如是妙法,诸佛如来时乃说之,如优昙钵华,时一现耳。”意思是说,《法华经》所宣扬的妙法希有珍贵,不是经常可以听到的,就像优昙钵花的开放难得遇见一样。现在人们常用昙花一现来譬喻稀少而又易亡失的人或事物。(无名氏)
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