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羚羊挂角《俗语佛源》
禅宗语。比喻不涉理路、不落言筌的“妙语”。如《景德传灯录》卷十六载义存禅师示众语谓:“我若东道西道,汝则寻言逐句;我若羚羊挂角,你向什么处扪摸?”又如卷十七载道膺禅师示众语谓:“如好猎狗,只解寻得有踪迹底。忽遇羚羊挂角,莫道迹,气亦不识。”关于羚羊挂角的出典,《埤雅·释兽》说:羚羊夜眠以角悬树,足不着地,不留痕迹,以防敌患。宋·严宇《沧浪诗话·诗辨》说:“诗者,吟咏情性也。盛唐诸人,惟在兴趣,羚羊挂角,无迹可求。故其妙处,透彻玲珑,不可凑泊。”他还用“空中之音、相中之色、水中之月、镜中之像”来形容这种“言有尽而意无穷”的空灵玄远的诗境。(李明权)
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