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