"Dogen" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
eMirror Vol 22, No. 34
Friday, August 24th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
All that I am interested in is continuing the Transmission of realized-practice that I have received through Dogen’s Lineage. It is the only practical way for me to fulfill the Four Great Vows and my own debt to that Lineage. And through this, as the succession continues into new generations, this Dharma is kept whole and yet can continue to grow and renew itself.
Dogen felt much the same way. However Eihei Dogen zenji was born 800 years ago as a person of a particular time and place and he had a belief in the literal and historical nature of the Lineage and its legends that we now know to be misplaced. The direct line of Transmission can only be traced back with certainty to the Fifth and Sixth Chinese Ancestors. The Indian Ancestors that we honour often lived in periods of history distant from each other and so they represent important aspects of the presentation of the whole Dharma rather than the actual succession and inheritance from Teacher to student. Dogen could not have known this since “history” itself meant something different then than it does today.
Dogen begins this section of Bukkyo by setting up an example of the kind of misinterpretation of the verse attributed to Bodhidharma that he wants to clarify.
"Old man Sakyamuni, as well as putting forth the Dharma and the sutras throughout his life, also gave the authentic Transmission to Mahakasyapa of the Sutra of the One Mind, the Supreme Path which has since been genuinely Transmitted from generation to generation. Other sutras and discourses are provisional tools but Mind is the actual nature of Reality. The Transmission of One Mind is ‘a special Transmission outside the scriptures.’ The Three Paths1 and the Twelve Divisions of the sutras should not be spoken of together with it. The Supreme Path of One Mind is ‘direct pointing to the human mind, looking into one’s nature and becoming Buddha."
This actually sounds pretty much like standard Zen rhetoric but now Dogen zenji says,
"This statement shows a lack of understanding of the activity of Buddha Dharma and the vigour of the liberated body and the dignity of embodiment."
1 Sravakayana, Pratyekkhebuddhayana, Mahayana.
-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.
Fusatsu: August 29th, September 12th and 26th.
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.
Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, September 1st. For more information please see: http://wwzc.org/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
September Two-day Sesshin
The September 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9th. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
On Saturday, September 8th, 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.
On Saturday, September 22nd, 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 September 22nd is cancelled owing to the Dharma Assembly.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, September 26th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 30th, 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.
Sarah Goul sat a two-day retreat from the evening of Friday, August 17th to the evening of Sunday, August 19th. Michael Nisch sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, August 18th at his home in Ulm, Germany. Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday August 19th. Chiso anagarika sat a two-day retreat on Monday, August 20th and Tuesday, August 21st. Alexander Tzelnic sat a two-day retreat on Monday, August 20th and Tuesday, August 21st.
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 email@example.com 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 25th to Saturday, September 1st
- Sunday, August 26th: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Living the Body" (2 of 9)
- Monday, August 27th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Each Drop" (11 of 12)
- Thursday, August 30th: "Aligned with the Way": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Hotsu Mujo-shin": "Emerging as Buddha" (5 of 6)
- Saturday, September 1st: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”: “A Single Suchness" (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.
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:
- Dharma Position https://wwzc.org/dharma-position
- Eyes See, Ears Hear https://wwzc.org/eyes-see-ears-hear
- Embarrassment https://wwzc.org/embarrassment
- Yaza 2007: Sit Through the Night, the Night is Bright Right Through https://wwzc.org/yaza-2007
- Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi's reading of his translation of Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way” https://wwzc.org/bendowa-talk-exerting-way
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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.
Roshi (J) “Old guy.” A term often used to denote a Zen teacher. In the Rinzai lineage all transmitted teachers are called roshi. In Japan any elderly monk or priest may be addressed as roshi. In the Hakukaze Soto stream the term is used for teachers over fifty or sixty years old. In 1992 the Ven. Anzan Hoshin sensei announced that the term will only be used within the Zen Community by teachers who have transmitted to a Dharma-heir and thus who have become “old teachers” because they have created a “new teacher”.
Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.
18 pounds of kimchi, 10 pounds of sauerkraut, plus 105 kosher dill pickles
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.
Korean-style rice dish (Thai white rice, sona masoori rice and basmati white rice with sauteed cubed russet potato, chopped onion and scallions, and lots of garlic); a bed of steamed spinach topped with cubed deep-fried tofu braised in Shoyu, gochugaru, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, scallions, lime juice, baechu kimchi.
White and multi-grain baguettes, cream cheese, smoked salmon; tomato salad with thinly sliced red onions and basil; vegetarian option of two kinds of hummus and sliced fruilano cheese.
Potato salad (made with locally grown new potatoes, chopped celery, chopped scallions and red onion, capers, radishes, caramelized onion, mayonnaise, toasted thinly sliced garlic); sauteed mushrooms and onions with slices of cubanelle and red bell pepper mixed with puffed tofu; friulano cheese and sweet gherkins.
Baking by Shikai sensei:
Apple cherry crisp.
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 striking arrangements on the corner shelves of Dainen-ji's Practice Halls and for ink samples for my fountain pens. Thank you to Shikai sensei for delicious fresh berry tarts. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for making amazingly good kimchi and to Mishin ino for her assistance with this. Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for acting as jikido during all of the sittings. Thank you to Shannon Morphew for samu in the grounds and to Leonardo Nobrega for regularly watering the cedar hedge surrounding the property.
From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho, with the assistance of Mishin ino who is training in making the pickles and kimchi served to students who attend yakuseki meals and practice programs such as Dharma Assemblies. Thank you to Saigyo tando for overseeing students who offer samu (caretaking practice) to brighten and clarify the practice environment.
From Alex Tzelnic:
Thank you to the Roshi for the teachings, and the opportunity to practice as a long-distance student, and as a retreatant. My recent stay would not have been possible without the efforts of many. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for practice interviews that brought so much clarity to my experience, and for patiently attending to all the details of my stay; to Fushin Shramon and Endai Shramon for their guidance and for always being willing to answer questions and offer assistance (and to Endai Shramon for pointing out the location of a refreshing pitcher of cold tea); to Chiso anagarika for making the long drive feel much shorter; to the office of the Tenzo for bright and delicious meals; and to all of the Sangha for its example and care of Dainen-ji.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Endai shramon for donating the funds to purchase a well-designed storage cabinet for the furnace room. Thank you to Jean-Francois St. Louis for a donation for the recent Samu Weekend.
"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.