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