Chao Chou expressed three turning words to his community. (“A gold Buddha does not pass through a furnace; a wood Buddha does not pass through fire; a mud Buddha does not pass through water.”)
Yun Men, teaching the community, said, “The ancient Buddhas and the pillar merge-what level of mental activity is this?” He himself said on their behalf, “On South Mountain clouds gather, on North Mountain rain falls.”
Yun Men, teaching his community, said, “Medicine and disease subdue each other: the whole earth is medicine; what is your self?“
Yun Men showed his staff to the assembly and said, “The staff has changed into a dragon and swallowed the universe. Mountains, rivers, the great earth-where are they to be found?”
Hõen of Tõzan said, “Even Shakya and Maitreya are servants of another. I want to ask you, who is he?”
Goso said, “When you meet a man of the Way on the path, do not meet him with words or in silence. Tell me, how will you meet him?”
Goso said to his monks, “Seijõ’s soul separated from her being. Which was the real Seijõ?”
Once upon a time, Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, went to an assemblage of Buddhas. By the time he arrived, all had departed except for the Buddha Sakyamuni and one girl. She was seated in a place of highest honor, deep in meditation. Manjusri asked the Buddha how it was possible for a mere girl to attain a depth of mediation that even he could not attain. The Buddha said, “Bring her out of meditation and ask her yourself.”
So Manjusri walked around the girl three times [a gesture of reverence], then snapped his fingers. She remained deep in meditation. He then tried rousing her by invoking all his magic powers; he even transported her to a high heaven. All was to no avail, so deep was her concentration. But suddenly, up from below the earth sprang Momyo, an unenlightened one. He snapped his fingers once, and the girl came out of her meditation.
One day Hofuku said to his disciples, “When one passes behind the temple, he meets Chang and Li, but he does not see anyone in front of it. Why is this? Which of the two roads is better?” A monk answered, “Something must be wrong with the sight. Nothing is gained without seeing.” The Master scolded the monk, saying, “Stupid, the temple is always like this.” The monk said, “If it were not the temple, one should see something.” The Master said, “I am talking about the temple and nothing else.”
One day, Jizo received one of Hofuku’s disciples and asked him, “How does your teacher instruct you?” “My teacher instructs me to shut my eyes and see no evil thing; to cover my ears and hear no evil sound; to stop my mind-activities and form no wrong ideas,” the monk replied. “I do not ask you to shut your eyes,” Jizo said, “but you do not see a thing. I do not ask you to cover your ears, but you do not hear a sound. I do not ask you to cease your mind-activities, but you do not form any idea at all.