井中捞月

井中捞月
Like ladling the moon out of the well; the parable of the monkeys who saw the moon fallen into a well, and fearing there would be no more moonlight, sought to save it; the monkey-king hung on to a branch, one hung on to his tail and so on, but the branch broke and all were drowned.

Chinese Buddhist terms dictionary (Chinese-English). . 2006.

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