eMirror Vol 22, No. 32 (2018-08-10)

Zenga of Bodhidharma by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi (The kanji says "kan", "seeing")

Zenga of Bodhidharma by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
(The kanji says "kan", "seeing")

eMirror Vol 22, No. 32

Friday, August 10th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

     As a young boy, seeking for the Complete Dharma took him [Dogen] to Hieizan and ordination as a Tendai novice. Later it took him to Kennin-ji where he received Transmission in the Linji or Rinzai Lineage from Myozen Ryonen, the Dharma-heir of Myoan Yosai. Then it took him and Myozen along with him to China where he visited many monasteries and temples but found only bits and pieces. Finally, at Tiantong-shan, practising with Tiantong Rujing, he realized for himself that he himself and all beings and worlds and things are the activity of the Complete Dharma. Upon returning to Japan Dogen’s only concern was this Transmission of the Complete Dharma.
     Many centuries before, a verse had been attributed to Bodhidharma as the First and Founding Ancestor of Chan:

“A special Transmission outside the sutras:
Not depending upon words and letters,
direct pointing to the human mind.
Seeing into one’s nature, becoming Buddha.”


     This verse is traditionally regarded as an essential description of the practice of Zen. For us, as Zen practitioners, Zen is not based upon texts. The Buddhist sutras are based upon Zen, not as a particular school, but as the Transmission of the Buddha’s own practice and realization. It can’t be arrived at through words and letters and thoughts and feelings but arrives in each moment as this moment of your experience. Zen points directly to this and in seeing what is pointed to you Awake to who you really are.
     However, the verse can also have sectarian and polemical meanings: “Zen is not like those other schools. It began with a special Transmission made by the Buddha to his Dharma-heir Mahakasyapa. The words and letters of the sutras do not have anything to do with what the Zen school inherited and owns. Only the Zen school of Buddhism directly points to the human mind and only through the Zen school can one become a Buddha.”
     This kind of thing is not interesting, at least not to me. Knowing in itself is nirvana, or “beyond reference point”.
     It is nameless, although we might speak of it.
     And even knowns are not bound by the names and descriptions we have of them. Saying the word “fire” does not burn the tongue.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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 29th.

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.


Stacey Loyer sat a half-day retreat on Friday, July 27th.

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, August 11th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Adornments” (Dharma Talk 8)
  • Monday, August 13th: "Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Rolling Up and Rolling Out" (9 of 12)
  • Thursday, August 16th: "Aligned with the Way": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Hotsu Mujo-shin": "Interpenetration" (4 of 6)
  • Saturday, August 18th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Satori and Fleurs du Mal" (14 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:



Congratulations and deep gassho to the following who have been accepted as associate students by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: Don Charette of Ottawa: Brandon Smith of Ottawa, and Gabriela Ponce of Ottawa.

Samu Weekend report
by Ven. Saigyo tando

    Over the weekend of Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th we held our summer Samu Weekend. 17 students attended over the two days and worked on a variety of projects in the building and the grounds. Here is a list of the tasks that were accomplished:
    The first floor library was rearranged with all the recorded Teachings on CD and audio tape and also the CD cabinets moved down from the attic. Lots of repair and re-painting was completed through the back staircase from the basement to the third floor and painting and cleaning was done in the kuin (monastery kitchen). A new doorknob was installed on the front doors, a new motion detector light unit was installed on the back porch, a grab-bar was installed at the top of the basement stairs to improve safety and new smoke detectors were installed on the third floor. Several doors were worked on to improve the fit and other smaller repairs were done through the building. Mishin ino completed a full day of administration and assisted with food preparation. In the grounds, two yards of new pea gravel was spread around the parking area, the cedar hedge received its yearly trimming and lots of tidying, trimming and watering was done. The side porch steps were repainted and a new privacy screen was designed, built and installed at the end of the side porch.
    Thank you to Jinmyo osho for designing and preparing the wonderful midday meals enjoyed by those who stayed for the full day of samu and to Shikai sensei for baking the lovely afternoon refreshments.  
Thank you to the following students for offering their time to do caretaking practice and in doing so help to maintain and improve the practice environment of Dainen-ji. 
    Mishin ino, Fushin shramon, Endai shramon, David Gallant, Ian Richard, Sarah Goul, Hannah Kent, Matt O'Leary, Leonardo Nobrega, Matt Broda, Jean-Francois St-Louis, Tarik Kaya, Pierre Trahan, Robin Whitehead, Kathleen Johnson and Denis Jaillet.

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.

brown egg

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:
Noodle salad (lo mein noodles, thinly sliced cubanelle and red bell peppers, sliced Spanish onion, sliced shitake mushrooms, shoyu, garlic, roasted red chili paste); deep-fried tofu braised in chili sauce with sliced crimini mushrooms; dongchimi and kkakdugi kimchi. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Egg salad (chopped boiled eggs, thinly sliced scallions, toasted fresh garlic, mayonnaise, finely cut white onion); shrimp salad (chopped cooked shrimp, toasted fresh garlic, chopped water chestnuts, chopped radishes, chopped celery leaves, red onion, sriracha mayonnaise); tuna salad (flaked tuna, toasted fresh garlic, chopped water chestnuts, chopped radishes, chopped celery leaves, red onion, mayonnaise, drop of lime juice, lots of black pepper); baguettes, sliced tomatoes.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mashed potatoes (Yukon gold and russet potatoes, vegan margarine, Dijon mustard, milk); lime tofu (deep-fried tofu cooked with butter, minced garlic, lime juice, onion powder, lots of black pepper); haricots verts sauteed with minced garlic; strips of caramelized Spanish onion.


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 Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to Senbo for sending out the eMirror over the past few weeks, for installing POP!_OS on one of my computers and for spending an hour trying to get a wireless adapter to work on an old computer.

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for introducing me to the excellent open source operating system POP!_OS and for helping me to set it up.  Thank you to Shikai sensei for the gift of an electric toothbrush. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for revamping the spice and herb storage in the kuin (monastery kitchen). Thank you to Mishin ino for keeping track of student attendance at the morning sittings. Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for closing down the Practice Halls after each of the sittings. Thank you to Martin Pham-Dinh for useful information regarding video doorbell installation. Thank you to Hannah Kent for samu to clean the porches and water the grounds and to Kathleen Turner and Denis Jaillet for samu.  

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Shikai sensei for placing an excerpt from "Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary" every week in the eMirror: this is a great way to learn the vocabulary of practice and an opportunity to ask Sensei questions about the meanings and use of the various terms. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan during my recent retreat and to Osho and Mishin ino for preparing the delicious meals that were served. 

From Leonardo Nobrega:
Thank you Sensei for a small air cooler that helps alleviate the discomfort of the summer temperatures.


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.