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