Seppo was one of the great masters towards the end of the T'ang dynasty; one of his favorite responses was, "What is it?" If one should ask him, "What are we facing this very moment?" he might say, "What is it?"
This counter-question on the part of Seppo shows how intimately he feels the presence of "it" or "this." He wants to make his questioner apprehend it as intimately as himself, and he does not know how to communicate it without appealing to conceptualism, so he blurts out, "What is this? Cannot you see it? It is right here this very moment. If I resort to words, it is three thousand miles away."
--- D.T. Suzuki