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