Reach for it, and you'll miss; let it loose, and it'll follow.
Need fire? Best strike a flint. Water? Dig a well.
Sitting motionless, nothing happening — Spring coming, grass growing.
Go a thousand miles not moving a foot!
From outside the shoes, to scratch where you itch.
A smiling face offers mercy; A troubled mind contains vicious poison.
With the slightest yes and no, Mind is lost in confusion.
One snowflake falling on a burning furnace.
Coming back with satori but everything just as before: Hermit Mountain's drizzle and mist, Crooked River's waves . . .
Once you preach, the point is gone.
Rich food doesn't tempt the man who has eaten.
Never comparable to anything: How can I preach it?
Everything is true just as it is: Why dislike it? Why hate?
Ordinary mind is the Way.
Fire is hot; water, cold.
No ugliness in a loved child.
Meeting Sakyamuni, kill him! Meeting Bodhidharma, kill him, too!
From the origins nothing exists.
What is the color of the wind? Where does the rain come from?
The man who's drunk water Knows if it's cool or warm.
The Billion Worlds, a bubble on the sea; All Buddhas and Patriarchs, a flash of lightning.
Spring opens a hundred flowers — for whom?
Not flattered by praise, not hurt by blame.
However priceless, a piece of gold In the eye is nothing but grit.
All things that exist are like a dream, a phantom, a bubble, a reflection; they are like dew or lightning; thus should you view them.
Teaching beyond teaching; No leaning on words and letters.
Ten thousand laws end in One : Don't stick to that, either!
Merciful words come out of the merciful mouth.
One blind man leads many blind men Into the fire hole hand in hand.
Seeking words, chasing phrases: When do you have time for satori?
Where no Buddha, the Buddha works.
He dies, I die - Where can we meet?
Walking is Zen; sitting, too.
Heaven, earth, and I: the same root. Everything and I: one thing.
To call heaven earth makes it earth? To name earth heaven makes it heaven?
Seek satori within yourself! Where else?
Pictured rice cakes dissolve hunger?
Spring comes: grass grows.
Day after day a very good day: Winds come and trees bow.
Produce Mind Without attachment to anything.
Watch all sentient beings with merciful eyes.
Angry waves: not so dangerous as man's mind.
Open your mouth— instantly wrong; Move your tongue— against the truth.
Worldly passions inseparable from satori.
When cold say cold; When hot say hot.
No good thought, no evil thought.
Much understand, much problem. Little understand, little problem. Complete DON'T KNOW, no problem.
A hungry dog bites a dry bone.
Killing or vivifying is in these hands.
It rains: the earth wet.