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