eMirror Vol 22, No. 27 (2018-07-06)

burning pine cones

Photograph by Ven. Chunen Rampal angya

eMirror Vol 22, No. 27

Friday, July 6th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.

        In his text “Bukkyo”, Eihei Dogen Kigen zenji presents us with his understanding of what the Buddha’s sutras are. He says,

The actualization of the Way of all the Buddhas is the Buddha’s sutras. Since this is done by Buddhas and Ancestors for the Buddhas and Ancestors, the sutras are authentically Transmitted as the sutras. This is the turning of the Wheel of Reality. The view within this turning of the Wheel of Reality actualizes all the Buddhas and Ancestors and their nirvana. All the Buddhas and Ancestors truly emerge in a speck of dust; a single speck of dust is nirvana. The total universe emerges, the total universe is nirvana. A single instant emerges and the ocean of this eon emerges. However, a single speck of dust and a single instant are without any lack of virtue. The total world and the emergence of the ocean of this eon are not compensations for some lack of virtue or other incompleteness.

        In order to truly understand what the sutras tell us we must understand what every word spoken and every sound heard, what every colour and form, every flake of snow and ridge of frost actually is. Then every word spoken and every sound heard is a sutra.
        When we realize ourselves as Buddhas then we understand what the Buddhas throughout the three times and ten direction have always Taught. It is here in the rising of this single instant, now.
        The Wheel of the Dharma, the Wheel of Reality, turns as a single speck of dust and its existence is “beyond reference point” or “nirvana”. A single speck of dust is not less than the total universe. The ocean of an eon of time is not greater than this single moment.
        It is not that this single moment is not enough and so there emerges the ocean of this eon. This moment comes from nowhere and goes nowhere. It is a coming and going that never moves and yet is always emerging and vanishing.
        If we can understand this motionless movement with our eyes and tongues and bones then we understand who we are. This is what all of the sutras are saying, what all books and paper and brushes and ink are saying.
        Saying this with our whole bodies and minds and lives is the Way of the Buddhas and Ancestors. Everything is included and nothing is left out in this Transmission of inherent and primordial richness and radiance.
        This is the point that Dogen zenji will make over and over again in this text.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, teisho 1: "Buddha’s Sutras and Sutra-Buddhas," Saturday, January 10, 2004 in the tesho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo.

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  July 13th and July 27th. 

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday,  July 4th which will end at 9:30 a.m. on July 8th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, July 7th. For more information please see: http://www.wwzc.org/content/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa.
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: http://www.wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 21st, from 10pm until Sunday,  July 22nd, at 8am.  Zen Master Anzan Hoshin will lead the Yaza. Students attending should arrive by first bell at 9:45 p.m. A light breakfast will be served before the end of the Yaza. All students are welcome to attend. Please register soon as is seating will be limited. The suggested dana contribution for Yaza is $30.00. To register, please send an email to schedule@wwzc.org or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at (613) 562-1568.

Samu Weekend: 
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th. Please pencil these dates into your schedule so that you will be able to attend some or all of this weekend of samu practice. Saigyo tando will be writing soon to students with more details about the activities taking place over the weekend. To register please send an email to Saigyo tando at saigyo dot cross at gmail.com or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at 613-562-1568.

What to do if you arrive late for a sitting

You don't need to turn around and go home. Ring the bell once and then sit on the bench on the front porch. If possible, we will come and unlock the door for you right away. If we are in the middle of the chants or listening to a teisho, we will come to let you in as soon as the teisho finishes.


Ian Richard sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, June 30th. Kathleen Johnson sat a half-day retreat on Wednesday, July 4th.

To Schedule a Retreat

Please visit this Web page for information about scheduling a retreat and an explanation of the different kinds of retreat (duration and timing) you can sit: https://wwzc.org/retreats. Please note that retreats should be scheduled one week in advance.

        Public students sitting retreats should send an email to schedule@wwzc.org to confirm they sat a retreat so that notice of it can be included in the eMirror. Please include the location of the retreat and the duration.


Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Saturday, July 7th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Straying Dimming Sinking Rotting Flowering” (10 of 26)
  • Sunday, July 8th: SAkN “Root Cycle Five” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “The Collapse of SAkN" (3 of 5)
  • Monday, July 9th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Gathered and Released" (5 of 12)
  • Thursday, July 12th: “Flowers and Worms": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on the Maharahulovada Sutta: “Conclusion” (teisho 7 of 7)
  • Saturday, July 14th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “The One Way is All Directions" (11 of 26) 

Missed Sittings and Teisho

If associate students are unable to attend the Thursday evening associate sitting, they may attend one of the general sittings to make up for the sitting they missed. General sittings are held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (first Bell is at 7:15) and Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (first Bell at 9:15 a.m.). Please send an email to request permission to attend one of these sittings.        

Teisho presented at general and associate sittings which are part of a series need to be listened to in the correct order and with none missed out. If you miss a sitting please borrow a copy of the missed teisho from the library or download it from the WWZC Media Site as soon as possible, so that the continuity of what is being presented is not disrupted. The weekly list of recorded teisho played at sittings is posted on the web site at:

Online Access to Recorded Teachings

Students can access the password-protected online Recorded Teachings library on the WWZC website at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings or through the streaming site at http://app.wwzc.org. The custom-built media streaming site allows students to live stream recordings from the WWZC Recorded Teachings collection. It is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, and works with most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It can also be used on desktops.

WWZC Website


Google Practice Calendar:

The June to December, 2018 Practice Calendar has been posted to the WWZC.org Website. The Direct Link is: https://wwzc.org/online-practice-calendar

Recorded Teachings for Public Access

While most of the online Recorded Teachings library is password-protected and only accessible to students of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin, a small selection of MP3 recordings of teisho are accessible to the public at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings. Additional recordings will be uploaded periodically.

MP3 recordings of five teisho are currently available:

Samu on Sundays

Each Sunday afternoon (except during O-sesshin and Sesshin), Caretaking Council (Saigyo tando, Fushin shramon and Endai shramon) do samu from 1:30p.m to 4:30p.m. on the various small projects required around the monastery.  There are always a great many tasks that need to be done and so any students are welcome and encouraged to come to Dainen-ji to join the monastics in caretaking practice. If you would like to partake in the samu practice on Sundays please write to Saigyo tando at saigyo.cross@gmail.com.

prison cells

Prison Dharma

By Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

The 830am sky on the morning of Wednesday, June 27th was overcast, accented with an array of blue grey clouds of differing shapes sizes and density. Peter drove up to Dainen-ji and just as we spoke of waiting for Ryoshin an 835 am email let us know she was ill and wouldn’t be  coming. Thus informed we set out for the almost monthly visit to the Bath Institution practitioners.
        The highway in shades dark to light to dark grey was set in myriad hues of luscious greens in trees, grasses accented with blue and purple and yellow flowers. The bright green lines of recently planted crops were vivid against black earth in farmers’ fields. We wound through the Ontario countryside and after two and a half hours we arrived in the town of Bath and the rain started. The downpour lasted all through the time we were with the practitioners in the Spiritual Centre and continued during the whole return trip, stopping just a few miles outside Ottawa.
        As always there were differences and surprises at Bath Institution. The Chapel where the Zen Buddhist group meets greeted us with walls bare of everything except the colour of the paint and the waiting students. A refurbishing is underway and the sangha has continued to meet regardless of the changing environment. Padre Sue met with all of us and explained the new more complete and useful policy for incense distribution and use she has put in place. She dispensed incense to each man enough for a week of ‘home’ practice as well as for the sangha sitting. The men expressed gratitude for the three boxes of incense which had been donated by Zen Centre students Sarah and Gillian. 
        They also asked us to thank the Roshi, Jinmyo osho and the Ino for a number of hard copies of past eMirrors and a new copy of the flawed CD “Every Breath You Take” #19 which was only partially played during the last visit because of some technical glitches. Scott mentioned that in addition to the content which makes them feel in touch with and part of the sangha of students, the coloured and black and white photographs and artwork in the eMirror, back numbers of which were printed and collated by Fushin shramon, have been inspiration for the men.
        As we had arrived at Bath Institution security and been passed through to the Spiritual Centre easily and without delay there was time enough for daisan with all three of the practitioners. Our long distance program is becoming of increasing interest to the men as thoughts of possible changes of location surface.
        Wednesday, August 1st is scheduled for the next visit.


Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Continuing on with “Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary” a limited edition text written by Anzan Hoshin roshi in the 1980s and last revised in 1994.

Pratitya-samutpada (S) : paticca samupada (P) En-gi (J) 
Interdependence. A description of the fabrication and maintenance of usual mind or conditional existence originated by Sakyamuni Buddha through a twelvefold chain of events: basic ignorance (avidya), habitual patterning (samskara), consciousness (vijnana), mind and body (nama-rupa), sense bases (sadayatana), contact (sparsha), reactivity (vedana), craving (trisna), attachment (upadana), ecoming (bhava), birth (jati), aging and decay (jaramarana).  Often compared to contemporary systems theory. Refer to The Complete Teachings of Reality, Part 1: The Development of Buddhist Psychology tapes or transcripts.



Office of the Tenzo

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzokyokun that the work of preparing and serving meals is "a matter for realized monks who have the mind of the Way or by senior disciples who have roused the Way-seeking mind." In alignment with this, part of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's samu for the Community involves personally overseeing the activities of the ancient office of tenzo. Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho serves as tenzo and Mishin ino and Saigyo tando offer assistance as tenzo-anja.

Monday Yakuseki:
White thai rice with peanuts; Dububuchim-yangnyeomjang 두부부침양념장 or pan-fried tofu with a spicy sauce (firm tofu, sauteed and then cooked with a sauce made from soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, turbinado sugar, green onion, garlic, sesame oil and roasted sesame seeds; sauteed bok choy, gai lan and dai gai choy with lime juice, mirin, and garlic. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
White and brown Thai rice; Thai curry (coconut milk, red Thai curry paste, red and green cubanelles and shepherd bell peppers, Spanish onion, fish sauce, shaoshing, puffed tofu and shrimp, fresh coriander, fresh Thai basil; white kimchi. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Baked russet potatoes; cauliflower and cheese (cauliflower, roux, cheddar cheese, Keen’s mustard powder, milk, sauteed onion, baked until golden-brown); large puffed tofu braised in hot chili sauce with garlic; peas, corn and carrots seasoned with butter, salt and black pepper. 

Baking by Shikai sensei: 
Double ginger thins.


Thank You

If you would like to thank someone for a contribution they have made, please feel free to send an email to Jinmyo osho at rengezo at Gmail dot com, but be sure to type "eMirror" in the subject line.

From Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to Saigyo tando and Sarah for putting together a bookcase; to Saigyo tando for installing it and for moving books; to the Tando and Fushin shramon for taking apart two bookcases and for putting together a table; to Endai shramon for purchasing two fans for the monastery, for transcription and for assisting with a project to sort and organize books in the third-floor Common Room. 

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for ink for my fountain pen. Thank you to Shikai sensei for buying delicious fresh berries and fruits for residents. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction on the forms used during chanting practice. Thank you to Sarah Goul for assistance with building a bookcase for the Hojo and to Leonardo Nobrega for watering the grounds. 

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Shikai sensei for accompanying me on a trip to purchase monastery supplies. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction on chanting and forms in the Hatto. Thank you to Mishin ino for overseeing the processing of donations to the monastery. Thank you to Saigyo tando for organizing samu for students doing caretaking practice. Thank you to Fushin shramon for refilling the bird-feeder -- a popular spot for local birds to replenish their strength. 

From Michael Nisch:
A heartfelt thank you to Jinmyo osho for instructions and thank you from deep in my heart to Mishin ino for her continuous guidance over the long distance. And thank you with deep gratitude to Anzan roshi for making all that possible at all in the first place.

From Ian Richard: 
Thank you to the Roshi for the wood and stone artworks in the Zendo and the Hatto, a lovely visual and spatial reminder of elements of the posture. Thank you to Shikai sensei for steering a deeply contracted state I got stuck in into a teachable moment and for compassionately checking in with me afterward while I was washing dishes. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for nutritious meals so varied not only in taste and colour, but also in texture, shape and sound. Thank you to Mishin ino for a delicious breakfast, and indeed to all those who assist with meals, refreshments, ingredients, implements and the spaces in which they reside. Thank you to Caretaking Council for maintaining such an inspirational practice environment with a care that shines through everywhere I went, and for demonstrating in so-doing how much more sensibly I can organize my own home and workplace. Thank you to Saigyo tando for helping me learn to speak more clearly amid the jumble of thoughts and questions tripping over one another in their eagerness to escape the confines of my head, and for explaining and demonstrating how to open and close the Butsudan and how to serve as Jikido during my first solo retreat.

From Claude Schryer:
Thanks to the roshi and all the monastics for providing me with ongoing instruction as a general student. Everytime I come to the monastery I notice how hard everyone works. This is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Saigyo tando for showing me how to properly wear my kunsu and to Mishin ino for helpful explanations and reminders of the forms.

Ongoing Project: "All is Change"

Dainen-ji, being a 140-year-old building, is continuously in need of maintenance and the costs associated with this can be astronomical when such things as porch repairs or exterior painting are needed. This is something that we cannot afford to do, yet must do and so the "All is Change" project has been created. The "All is Change" project is very simple. Most of us have a bowl or a jar or some other kind of container that we keep somewhere at home and fill up with loose change because it's too heavy to carry around. Several hundred dollars has been collected so far both in loose change and Canadian tire money which has been put towards the building maintenance fund. If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, each penny will be appreciated. The “All is Change” container is on the wooden wall shelf under the Sangha Board in the cloak room.