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铁树开花《俗语佛源》
铁树,也叫苏铁,热带一种常绿乔木,多年开花一次。比喻极难实现的事情或非常罕见的事物。宋·普济《五灯会元》卷二十《焦山师体禅师》:“铁树开花,雄鸡生卵,七十二年,摇篮绳断。”俗谚喻事难成叫铁树开花,言铁质树木不能开花,无开花结果之事。宋·圜悟《碧岩录》四十则垂示曰:“休去歇去,铁树开花。”《续传灯录》三一:“淳熙乙亥八月朔出微疾,……逮夜半,书偈辞众曰:‘铁树开花’。”《种电钞》注释:“宗师家到大休歇处,领铁树花开劫外春,不是尽细识人争得如此乎?”(纯一)
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