Reach for it, and you'll miss; let it loose, and it'll follow.
A hungry dog bites a dry bone.
Fire is hot; water, cold.
Pictured rice cakes dissolve hunger?
From the origins nothing exists.
Rich food doesn't tempt the man who has eaten.
Angry waves: not so dangerous as man's mind.
Open your mouth— instantly wrong; Move your tongue— against the truth.
Seeking words, chasing phrases: When do you have time for satori?
Teaching beyond teaching; No leaning on words and letters.
Where no Buddha, the Buddha works.
Walking is Zen; sitting, too.
Spring comes: grass grows.
Much understand, much problem. Little understand, little problem. Complete DON'T KNOW, no problem.
The man who's drunk water Knows if it's cool or warm.
It rains: the earth wet.
What is the color of the wind? Where does the rain come from?
With the slightest yes and no, Mind is lost in confusion.
To call heaven earth makes it earth? To name earth heaven makes it heaven?
Meeting Sakyamuni, kill him! Meeting Bodhidharma, kill him, too!
From outside the shoes, to scratch where you itch.
A smiling face offers mercy; A troubled mind contains vicious poison.
Watch all sentient beings with merciful eyes.
He dies, I die - Where can we meet?
Sitting motionless, nothing happening — Spring coming, grass growing.
However priceless, a piece of gold In the eye is nothing but grit.
Cast away Dharma, Not to mention non-Dharma.
No good thought, no evil thought.
Killing or vivifying is in these hands.
Not flattered by praise, not hurt by blame.
No ugliness in a loved child.
Once you preach, the point is gone.
Seek satori within yourself! Where else?
Coming back with satori but everything just as before: Hermit Mountain's drizzle and mist, Crooked River's waves . . .
Day after day a very good day: Winds come and trees bow.
Spring opens a hundred flowers — for whom?
Worldly passions inseparable from satori.
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.
Produce Mind Without attachment to anything.
One snowflake falling on a burning furnace.
Heaven, earth, and I: the same root. Everything and I: one thing.
Watch your own steps!
Need fire? Best strike a flint. Water? Dig a well.
Ordinary mind is the Way.
Everything is true just as it is: Why dislike it? Why hate?
The Billion Worlds, a bubble on the sea; All Buddhas and Patriarchs, a flash of lightning.
Go a thousand miles not moving a foot!
When cold say cold; When hot say hot.
Ten thousand laws end in One : Don't stick to that, either!
Merciful words come out of the merciful mouth.