polishing a brick

A monk was sitting in meditation when the abbot of the monastery walked by.

“What are you doing?” the abbot asked the monk.

“I’m sitting in meditation to become a buddha,” replied the monk.

The abbot picked up a brick and began polishing it. The monk asked the abbot, “What are you doing?”

The abbot replied, “I’m polishing a brick to make a mirror.”

The monk asked, “How can you polish a brick to make a mirror?”

“How can you sit in meditation and make a buddha?” the abbot replied.

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