eMirror Vol 22, No. 30 (2018-07-27)

"Yuibutsu-Yobutsu", digital image and sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

"Yuibutsu-Yobutsu", digital image and sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 22, No. 30

Friday, July 27th, 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 was never interested in just bits and pieces of the Dharma, in the various schools and sects that had emerged over time.
     In India the fragmentation of the Dharma began at Vesali in 486 before the common era [BCE] at what is called the second Buddhist council. There developed two main schools, the Mahasanghikas and the Sthaviravadins from which would develop what are known as the Mahayana and Hinayana. From the Sthaviras would develop the Vibhajyavadins and the Sarvastivadins. From the Vibhajyavadins would develop the Mahisasaka and then from them came the Dharmaguptaka, the Theravadins, and the Kasyapiya. From the Sarvastivadins came the school of the Sautrantikas. From the Mahasanghikas there developed the Ekavyavahrikas (and from them the Lokottaravadins), the Goklikas (and from them the Bahasrutiyas and the Prajnaptivadins), and the Caitiyas (and from them the Purvasailas, the Aparasailas, the Rajagirikas, and the Siddharthikas). Later the Madhyamika school emerged around the Prajnaparamita Teachings and the Cittamatrin or Yogacarins from the Tathagatagarbha Teachings.
     And on and on it went, spilling into China cascades of texts and Teachings from these various sects.
     In trying to make sense of these fragments of the history of the Dharma in India some monks even formed new schools around single sutras and more or less ignored the others in order to avoid contradictions.
     When Chan or Zen emerged it tried to stand aside from the doctrinal disputes and find a place to sit down to just do the practice that the Buddha had practiced. But in order to have a place to sit Chan became involved in the chains of patronage and the links of relationships and rivalries of properties and institutions and became another school of Buddhism.
     Dogen was not interested in Zen as a school of Buddhism but in the whole Dharma as a whole. He rarely spoke of Zen as a school let alone of the Caodong or Soto school of Zen but instead emphasized the Lineage of Transmission that wove back through the lives of actual historical masters and then into the haze of legend until it reached its source, Sakyamuni Buddha. He spoke often of Sat-Dharma or the Shobo 正法, the True Dharma, the Complete or Whole Dharma which is realized and Transmitted “between a Buddha and a Buddha.”
     “Between a Buddha and a Buddha” [Yuibutsu-Yobutsu 唯佛與佛] is a phrase from the Lotus sutra that, for Dogen, spoke of the intimacy of realization and the practice of intimacy that must actually be engaged with the whole bodymind.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning teisho 2: "The Whole Dharma As a Whole," Saturday, February 14, 2004 in the tesho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo. 

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  August 8th and 29th.

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, August 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.


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

  • Sunday, July 29th: SAkN “Root Cycle Five” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Just This" (5 of 5)
  • Monday, July 30th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's “Muchu Setsumu”: "Bow" (8 of 12)
  • Thursday, August 2nd: "Aligned with the Way": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Hotsu Mujo-shin" : "Numberless Noses" (2 of 6)
  • Saturday, August 4th: “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.

Rinzai (J); Lin-chi (C) The Rinzai Zen lineage derives from Lin-chi I-hsuan (c 866). Rinzai Zen practice is characterized by its vigour and samurai-like qualities; places stress upon koan work as a system of enlightenment as a goal to be attained rather than as inherently what the mind is NOW. After completion of koan work Rinzai practice opens into shika-taza. Rinzai is the second largest Zen lineage in Japan, the Obaku school being third.

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.

Joya meal:
Inarizushi (deep-fried seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with seasoned rice); omelette strips make with furikake (chopped seaweed and sesame seeds); hiyayakko tofu (grated daikon topped with a square of silken tofu, seasoned with roasted chili oil, shoyu and lime juice, garnished with thinly sliced scallions); takuan and ginger.

Monday Yakuseki:
Cold noodle salad (sauteed strips of Spanish onion, red bell peppers, cubanelle peppers and poblano peppers, ginger, garlic, lo mein noodles, shoyu, roasted chili paste); tofu with shitake and crimini mushrooms in a sauce made from shoyu, black vinegar, Chinese cooking wine, roasted chili paste, honey garlic; Sauteed greens (Shanghai bok choy, baby bok choy, gai lan) seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and lime juice.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Roasted Yukon gold buffalo fries; sliced roast pork seasoned with garlic and barbeque sauce; coleslaw (thinly sliced green cabbage, savoy cabbage, carrots, white onion, seasoned with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish and lime juice). 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Thai white and brown rice; bulgogi tofu (chopped red and Spanish onion, chopped leftover Yukon gold potatoes and tofu, red bell peppers, ginger, bulgogi sauce, shoyu, lime juice; Sauteed vegetables (gai lan, bok choy, green beans) with ssamjang sauce made from doenjang (korean miso), gojuchang (hot pepper paste), sesame oil, finely chopped scallions and lime juice.

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Sour cream and raisin tart; oatmeal 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 Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi and Jinmyo osho for several shopping trips each week to pick up food and supplies for the monastery. Thank you to Shikai sensei for a delicious sour cream and raisin tart baked for residents. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for overseeing the activities of the Caretaking Council. Thank you to Mishin ino for assistance with document scanning and for ordering new cutting boards for the kitchen. Thank you to Fushin shramon for printing the recycling and garbage schedules for the garbage room door and to Endai shramon for ordering pea gravel for the upcoming samu weekend. Thank you Denis Jaillet and Hannah Kent for samu to assist with cleaning the public areas of Dainen-ji. 

From Fushin shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for carefully prepared meals for residents and practitioners several times a week. Thank you to Mishin ino for taking care of the recorded teachings playback schedule for a number of years. Thank you to Saigyo tando for taking on the recorded recorded teachings playback schedule. Thank you to Endai shramon for regular trips for monastery supplies.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for initiating Yaza, a yearly opportunity to see the states that arise while sitting through the night, and for presenting the three teisho that were played at 10:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.. Thank you to Shikai sensei and Jinmyo osho for offering daisan to those participating in Yaza, and to Jinmyo osho for preparing a delicious early-morning breakfast. 

From Ian Richard: 
Thank you to the Roshi for his teisho about Yaza, both those played this past weekend and those available on the website, and for maintaining and sharing this tradition so that students can participate. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for daisan and for particularly helpful explanations and suggestions regarding resistance to sitting zazen. Thank you to everyone involved in Yaza for not only staying up the entire night to practice, but on top of that for doing the associated work in the presence of more fatigue than usual, both that night and the subsequent day.

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.