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磨砖作镜《俗语佛源》
研磨砖瓦欲作成镜子,只能是徒劳无功。此语喻办事不得要领,终不能成功。原典出自《景德传灯录》卷五:唐朝道一和尚常习坐禅,未能悟道。南岳怀让禅师问他:“大德坐禅图什么?”回答说:“图作佛。”怀让即取一砖在他庵前石上磨,道一问磨砖做什么,怀让回答“磨作镜”,道一奇怪道:“磨砖岂得成镜?”怀让反问:“磨砖既不成镜,坐禅岂得成佛?”接着怀让开导道一说:“如牛驾车,车若不行,是打车对还是打牛对?你是学坐禅,还是学作佛?若学坐禅,禅非坐卧;若学作佛,佛非定相。于无住法,不应取舍。”一番话使道一如梦初醒,于是他拜怀让为师,以后逐成禅宗史上一位著名的禅师。(无名氏)
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