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    Published:2014/12/24 Buddhist Stories Read:389

    北宋的政治家范仲淹(北宋著名政治家、文学家,官至参知政事,相当于副宰相),是很信佛的。他做刺史的时候,在母亲去世后三七日,梦见母亲哭泣着告诉他:“我因罪业,被泰山府君拘押,遭受刑罚,苦楚不堪,请为我念诵《金刚经》一藏,来救拔我,幸勿迟疑。倘我一入地狱,就永不得超生了。”

    仲淹公哭醒,立即延请僧众,为母亲念经超度。 寺院安排了七位僧人帮他母亲诵《金刚经》。诵到要上供时,僧寮里面一位做饭的僧人,端了供饭供菜,过来献在供桌上。摆好以后,他拿着盘子正准备走,看到大家在诵《金刚经》,那位僧人站在旁边看了一会儿就走了。

    法事做到第六夜时,梦见母亲说:“因你至诚,感得白衣大士降临凡间,亲自为我诵经半卷,我得生天上,你应厚供叩谢大士。”仲淹公在诵经圆满那天,拜谢众僧,问道:“请问,是哪位师父诵经半卷?”众僧失色,答道:“所诵佛经,一字也不敢遗漏,哪有只诵半卷的事?”

    旁边一僧说:“昨天大家诵经,山僧我倚立默看,到半卷时,您来拈香,我便回厨房做事。承您问,所以直对。”仲淹公连忙对他下拜,僧人说:“莫!莫!”说完腾空不见。

    原来观世音菩萨示现普通的僧人,在厨房里烧火做饭。范仲淹非常感动,就把自己做官的俸禄捐献出来,在寺院里建造了一座“莫莫堂”,以纪念观世音菩萨救母的恩德。这座“莫莫堂”,至今仍在江西波阳县的荐福寺中。

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