Osho Says: “A monk asked Joshu: “What is the Buddha?” “The one in the hall,” said Joshu. The monk said “The one in the hall is a statue, a lump of mud.” Joshu said. “That’s so.” “What is the Buddha, then?” asked the monk again. “The one in the hall,” said Joshu.
Now what is this Joshu trying to do? He is saying: “Your question is absurd. Because you are asking an absurd question, I am answering it in an absurd way. Your question is stupid, and there can be no intelligent answer to a stupid question.” He is trying to show to this monk that the very question: What is the Buddha? is nonsense, because there is no way to say anything about the Buddha. It is an awakening. It is an experience. It happens within you. You cannot read it through the scriptures, and you cannot ask those who have come to know it. The only way is: you have to go to it; you have to allow it to happen.”