eMirror Vol 22, No. 29 (2018-07-20)

Astasahasrika (torn sutra)

Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (8,000 Line Radical Wisdom Discourse) paper sculpture
By Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, early 1990s, now on 3rd floor of Dainen-ji

eMirror Vol 22, No. 29

Friday, July 20th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Dogen zenji says,

This is the consummate virtue of all the Buddhas and Ancestors. Buddhas are high and vast, and so the Teaching of Dharma is not narrow and small. Truly, we should know that when the Buddha is great, the sutra is great. When the Buddha is small the sutra is small. Remember that the Buddha and his sutras cannot be measured by large and small, are not bound by designations of good, bad, or indifferent, and are not contained within sutras of self or others.

What a Buddha is cannot be represented by a statue. But a statue, as a statue, is a Buddha.

The Buddha’s sutras in actuality have no words but all words are sutras.

If our lives are lived as the stories of self and other, gain and loss, hope and fear, good karma and bad karma then we cannot understand the Buddha’s sutras no matter how many of them we may study and even write learned commentaries on.

Whether we are young or old, large or small, male or female, the virtue or power or integrity of the Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors is that: when we are who we truly are we are who they are. You are uncontained.

The Buddha’s sutras call us to realize our own nature as Buddhas, not to become “Buddhists” who avoid the Way by becoming mere followers of it.

The Bukkyo call us to be Bukkyo through establishing, maintaining, extending, and practising what the Buddha Taught in our own lives, as our own lives.

Please, this evening, enjoy yourselves

- Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding 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, August 8th and 29th.

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.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, August 1st, which will end on Sunday, August 5th, at 9:30 a.m., 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 4th. 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

August Sesshin
The August 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12th. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.

On Saturday, August 11th, associate and general students may attend a sitting held in the Zendo. Arrival time is 9:15 a.m. (in time for First Bell). The sitting ends at 11:30 a.m. Students attending are reminded to remain on the first floor.

Dharma Assembly
On Saturday, August 25th, Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho will lead a Dharma Assembly which will begin at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15, in time for first Bell) and will end at 9:00 p.m. Dana is $40.00, which includes two meals: lunch and supper. Participants are asked to bring clothing and shoes appropriate for samu practice. To register, please send an email to schedule at wwzc dot org or leave a message on the office answering machine at 562-1568. Dharma Assemblies are open to all students.
Note: The 9:30 a.m. general sitting that would ordinarily take place on August 25th is cancelled owing to the Dharma Assembly.

August 28th is Dogen-ki, the memorial of Eihei Dogen zenji's death.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, August 29th, which will end on Sunday, September 2nd at 9:30 a.m., when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

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.


Michael Nisch sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, July 14th at his home in Ulm, Germany. Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th.

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 21st: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Wuwei" (12 of 26)
  • Monday, July 23rd: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Because" (7 of 12)
  • Thursday, July 26th: "Aligned with the Way": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Hotsu Mujo-shin" : Reading of Dogen Zenji's "Hotsu Mujo-shin" (1 of 6)
  • Saturday, July 28th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”: “Not Holding the Mind"(13 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.

Rakusu (J) The rakusu is a smaller version of the five, seven, or nine strip kesa or monk’s robe, which in India had been used to wrap around the upper body, leaving the right arm exposed. The rakusu is worn around the neck over the robes by monastics. It is a powerful reminder to the wearer of the Buddha’s Body of Awareness. Lay students who receive the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts wear a wagesa, which is basically like the straps of a rakusu.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.


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:
Fried rice (Chinese rice, cubanelle and red bell peppers, chopped Spanish onion, Chopped scallions, ginger, shoyu, roasted chili paste, sesame oil, garlic); cold shoyu soup (shoyu, mirin, lime juice, ginger, cooked strips of carrot and daikon and blanched chopped Nappa cabbage leaves, with silken tofu; takuan and ginger. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Seared and then roasted beef tenderloin; pasta salad (cavatappi and sfoglini pasta, sauteed eryengi mushrooms and poblano peppers, chopped green beans and red onion sauteed with minced garlic, radishes, green olives, fresh thyme, basil and chives, grape seed oil, tomato juice, lots of black pepper, small amount of chipotle adobo; cubed friulano and sweet gherkins with lemon zest. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
White and brown Thai Jasmine rice; Thai red curry (red onions, crimini mushrooms, shiseido and cubanelle peppers, huge puffed tofu, coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, ginger) garnished with roasted peanuts; salad of blanched bean sprouts mixed with thinly sliced red bell pepper, green cabbage, carrots and daikon, scallions, white onion, jalapenos, seasoned with rice vinegar, lime juice, a pinch of tubinado sugar, salt, black pepper, sesame oil). 

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 Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for the bright and vivid sho (ink and brush paintings) that adorn the walls of Dainen-ji and for the loan of excellent books. Thank you to Shikai sensei for the loan of an exercise mat and for regularly making delicious refreshments for residents. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for overseeing the installation of a new window in the Hojo and in my room and for teaching me so much about food preparation. Thank you to Mishin ino for caring for the garlic plants growing in tubs on the flat roof. Thank you to Fushin shramon for making sure we have the correct light bulbs at hand for the building and to Endai shramon for picking up supplies for the monastery. Thank you to Leonardo Nobrega, Hannah Kent, Shannon Morphew, Kathleen Johnson and Denis Jaillet for regular caretaking practice each week.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for informative posts on Google+ about climate change and other topics. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for arranging much-needed improvements to the Hojo and for instruction in daisan. Thank you to Mishin ino for putting in place efficient systems for managing finances for the Sangha. Thank you to Saigyo tando for taking care of the orchids and epiphytes (air plants) on display in the dining hall which brighten that space; and for instructing students who do samu (caretaking practice) at the monastery.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Claude Schryer and Will Ferguson for donations towards the upcoming Samu weekend. Thank you to Michael Giles for a donation.

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.