eMirror Vol 22, No. 28 (2018-07-13)


Photograph by Ven. Chunen Rampal angya, Guelph Zazenkai

eMirror Vol 22, No. 28

Friday, July 13th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


He [Dogen] says,

And so, we cannot say that Buddhas who have attained the Way in the morning and enter nirvana in the evening lack any virtue. If you think that a single day is of little virtue, then even a lifespan of eighty years is not enough. A span of eighty years compared to ten or twenty eons is the same as a single day compared to eighty years. The difference in virtue between this Buddha and that Buddha are indistinguishable; when we compare the virtue of a life of vast eons and an eighty-year span, there can be no doubt that there is no basic difference between them. Thus, the Buddha’s sutras are the Sutra-Buddhas.

Formal students study Mazu’s koan of the Sun-Faced Buddha and Moon-Faced Buddha.
In Hekiganroku case 2 it says,

Great Master Ma1 was seriously ill. The monastery’s head monk came to see him and asked, “Master, how are you these days?” The Master said, “Sun-faced Buddha, Moon-faced Buddha.”

Mushin Daie daiosho says in his capping verse on this koan:

Sun rises, moon sets.
Bright sunlight glimmers on the water’s surface.
Moon gleams above fields of snow.

Sun-faced Buddha!
180,000 years!
Moon-faced Buddha!
A single day and night!

Mazu is sick,
Vimalakirti is sick,
all beings are sick and suffering.

The only cure
is to show this Sun-face, this Moon-face.

Sun-faced Buddha, Moon-faced Buddha. Nichimen Butsu, Gatsumen Butsu 日面佛月面佛. The Sun-faced Buddha lives for 180,000 years. The Moon-faced Buddha lives for a single day and night. But both are Buddhas. Dogen also speaks of Shibutsu-Hibutsu, 士佛秘佛 “this Buddha” and “that Buddha.” This Buddha which is present and manifest, and that Buddha which is never present and never manifest. Awareness in itself presences and manifests as anything that is and yet because it is not and cannot be a thing it is always unmanifest and absent. It is here and not here because it is where “here” arises. Bukkyo 佛經, the Buddha’s sutras themselves are Kyobutsu 經佛, Sutra-Buddhas.

There are rice grain Buddhas and sutras written on grains of rice. There are stone Buddhas and twig Buddhas. There are river Buddhas and sutras of currents and waves. There are bread Buddhas and sourdough sutras. There are Buddhas which are suns and Buddhas which are moons; Buddhas which are up and Buddhas which are down. There are sutras to the right and the left and before and behind. A single instant, a single day and night, 180,000 years or numberless eons of total universes coming and going are the turning of a page of a sutra.

Buddhas and sourdough sutras. There are Buddhas which are suns and Buddhas which are moons; Buddhas which are up and Buddhas which are down. There are sutras to the right and the left and before and behind. A single instant, a single day and night, 180,000 years or numberless eons of total universes coming and going are the turning of a page of a sutra.

1 Jiangxi Mazu Daoyi (Chiang-hsi Ma-tsu Tao-i, Baso Doitsu) 709-788. He was the sole Dharma-heir of Nanyue Huairang. Amongst his 139 Dharma-heirs was Baizhang Huaihai. He was one of the most prominent of the Tang Chan masters and had a great deal to do with shaping the directness of teaching styles through his use of the shout, stick, and glare. His sayings and doings are collected in the Jiangxi Daoyi Chan-shi yu-lu (Kiangsi Tao- ch’an-shih yu-lu, Recorded Sayings of Ch’an master Daoyi of Jiangxi). He appears in Blue Cliff Records 3, 53, 73, Records of Silence 6, 36, 90 and Gateless Gate 30, 33. He appears in the Sayings and Doings of Dongshan (Dongshan yulu)

-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 25th. 

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.


Endai shramon sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th.

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 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)
  • Sunday, July 15th: SAkN “Root Cycle Five” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Unborn" (4 of 5)
  • Monday, July 16th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "The Pole" (6 of 12)
  • Thursday, July 19th: Mula Paryiya Sutta
  • Saturday, July 21st:“Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Wuwei" (12 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


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.



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:
Mixed grain (barley, Chinese long-grain white rice and Thai white sticky rice) mixed with sauteed cubed yam and chunks of Spanish onion, with scallions, garlic, and shoyu; Cabbage and soy bean paste soup - Baechu-doenjangguk 배추된장국 (Nappa cabbage, shiseido peppers, Korean miso, garlic, and a small amount of flour to thicken the broth); Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce - Dububuchim-yangnyeomjang 두부부침양념장 (deep-fried tofu braised in a sauce made from soy sauce, Korean hot pepper flakes, turbinado sugar green onion garlic sesame oil roasted sesame seeds); monastery-made baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Calrose rice with toasted sesame seeds; smoked salmon with nori; miso shiru made with baby bok choy and fresh shitake mushrooms; takuan and ginger.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Potato salad made with tiny new potatoes, chopped haricot verts and chunks of poblano peppers seared with minced garlic, chopped celery, scallions, red onion, radishes, black olives, fresh oregano, basil and parsley, mayonnaise, and sriracha sauce; Chipotle tofu (firm tofu, red and cubanelle peppers cut into chunks, Spanish onion, minced garlic, chipotle adobo); kimchi gazpacho (baechu kimchi, tomato juice, chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, lime juice). 

Baking by Shikai sensei: 
Old fashioned (lots of butter and sugar!) oatmeal raisin cookies.

Gassho (palm to palm image)

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 Shikai sensei:
Thank you to Fushin shramon for sourcing the repair kit and restringing  a “honeycomb” blind in the Sensei-ryo. 

From Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to Maangchi, (https://www.maangchi.com) for many years of recipes and inspiration. I have watched her YouTube videos since she began making them in 2007 and have learned to make many Korean dishes, including many different kinds of kimchi from them. 

From Mishin ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for the introduction to Pailin Chongchitnant's Hot Thai Kitchen website and videos with excellent Thai recipes and information; to Shikai sensei for baking crispy oatmeal raisin cookies; Jinmyo osho for a great potato salad for Thursday yakuseki, on a hot day; to Saigyo tando for preparing the Tenzo supplies inventory and basement freezer inventory; to Endai shramon for making a regular supply of chilled mugicha (barley tea) for residents; to Fushin shramon for taking care of replies to Introduction to Zen workshop inquiries.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction during my retreat last weekend. Thank you to the monks who are taking care the of my samu assignments during my absence. 

From Hannah Kent:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for critical support during a family emergency this week. Her wisdom and availability helped me weather a challenging situation and keep everything manageable. I am incredibly grateful.

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.