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