A. In fact, the Buddha cannot be explained as existent or non-existent, because it is the state perfectly free of discrimination and words that come from it. Being existent and being non-existent are also words resulting from discrimination. The Buddha is the state that transcends being existent and being non-existent. In this state there cannot even be anyone who can ask or answer a question. So, the historical Buddha said on his death bed, “Not a word have I said,” for fear that his disciples would cling to his words. This is why ancient masters would say, “Some people say that the Buddha doesn’t exist, but the whole universe is full of it without any rift. Although the Buddha is said to exist, thousands of saints have difficulty finding it.”
Student: “What is the Buddha?”
Master: “You are already wrong. If I answer your question, I will also be wrong.”
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