Master Huairang asked his student Mazu why he spent so much time sitting in meditation.
Mazu answered, "I want to become a Buddha."
Saying nothing, Master Huairang quietly picked up a brick and started rubbing it on a stone.
Mazu watched his master for a few minutes then he asked, "Why are you rubbing that brick on a stone?"
Huairang answered, "I'm polishing it into a mirror.'
Mazu probably knew by this time that he had been set up, but he had to follow through, "But how can you make a mirror by polishing a brick on a stone?" he asked.
Master Huairang answered, "How can you become a Buddha by sitting in meditation? To become a Buddha, act like a Buddha."
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