Once upon a time, there was a Zen student who quoted an old Buddhist poem to his teacher, which says: "The voices of torrents are from one great tongue, the lions of the hills are the pure body of Buddha. 'Isn't that right?' he said to the teacher. 'It is,' said the teacher, 'but it's a pity to say so.'"

Or, so says Alan Watts, in his Lecture on Zen.