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