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