eMirror Vol 22, No. 35 (2018-08-31)


The Vajracchedika-sutra, The Cutter of Diamonds Discoppurse

The Vajracchedika-sutra, The Cutter of Diamonds Discoppurse

eMirror Vol 22, No. 35

Friday, August 31st, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

[Dogen continues:]

"Those who speak like this might have been set up as elders for hundreds or thousands of years, but have not clarified or penetrated the Buddha Dharma or the Buddha Way. Why? Because they do not understand the meaning of “Buddha”, do not understand “sutra”, do not understand “mind”, do not understand “inside”, and do not understand “outside”. They do not understand such things because they have not heard the Buddha Dharma. They speak about Buddhas but they do not understand the essence of the Buddhas nor the nuances. They have not properly studied even the margins of the meaning of coming and going and therefore should not be called disciples of Buddha. They talk about only the “One Mind” as the authentic Transmission because they do not know the Buddha Dharma. They do not know the One Mind as the Buddha Dharma and have not heard the sutras of the Buddha as the One Mind and so say that there is some sutra of the Buddha outside of One Mind. Their “One Mind” is other than the One Mind and so they say that there is One Mind outside of the Buddha Dharma; and their “sutras of the Buddha” are outside of the sutras of the Buddha. Such people pass on and receive this error of “a special Transmission outside the sutras” since they do not know the meaning of “outside” or “inside” and so become incoherent."

    Dogen is saying that in Zen and in the sutras there is no inside or outside walled off from each other.
When you pick up a sutra and hold it in your hand and read the words, they arise inside your experience. How can they be outside of the mind?
    Some of the ancient Chan masters had to shake loose their students’ dependence upon the words and letters of the sutras by setting them on fire or ridiculing them. They had to show some students that the Buddha was much more than an object of reverence and so made kindling of wooden statues. Yet all of these Masters made frequent reference to passages from a wide range of sutras in their Teachings and their students were all expected to be familiar with them as a matter of course. However, sticking to an idea of “outside”, some Zen monks followed their own interpretations of a One Mind outside the sutras, outside of the world, outside of the Buddha Dharma, and outside of themselves.
    What was transmitted in the legend of Sakyamuni raising a flower and blinking and Mahakasyapa seeing and smiling was what the Buddha and all of the Awakened Ancestors transmit in every moment of their lives.

-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, September 12th and 26th.

The Roshi began 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.

Dharma Assembly
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.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Mario Delisle of Val-des-Monts, Quebec, who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


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 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, September 1st: "All Around All At Once": Dharma Talk by Ven. Jinmyo renge osho 
  • Sunday, September 2nd: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Knowing as Feeling" (3 of 9) 
  • Monday, September 3rd: "All Around All At Once": Dharma Talk by Ven. Jinmyo renge osho 
  • Thursday, September 6th: “The Four Great Vows” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “All Beings” (Dharma Talk 1 of 4)
  • Saturday, September 8th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Ascending a Balcony” (Dharma Talk 9)

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.

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
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.

Monday Yakuseki:
Yukon gold mashed potatoes made with Vegan margarine, Dijon mustard, lots of black pepper; roasted carrot batonettes with garlic; baby green peas; tofu in a mushroom gravy (deep fried tofu in a gravy made with bran oil, flour, red wine, portobello, crimini and porcini mushrooms, thyme, savory, garlic, chopped onion, shoyu, celery seed). 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Halibut, cod and shrimp in a sauce made from chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, minced jalapeno, minced garlic and ginger and coconut milk; mixed grain (Thai white rice, basmati white and arborio rice); Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Farfalle pasta with a butter-garlic sauce (white onion, minced garlic, butter and olive oil, Parmesan cheese, chili flakes); sauteed gai lan stems and leaves, with spinach leaves; friulano cheese with gherkins.

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Oatmeal quinoa 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 Mishin ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for the many suiseki (arrangements of stones and branches) placed around the monastery and the sho and zenga brushworks he has done that light up the space of seeing in practice halls, hallways, on stairs, and around corners. To Shikai sensei for baking oatmeal raisin cookies and last week's artful 'berry cups'. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading last Saturday's Dharma Assembly and presenting the Dharma Talk "All Around, All At Once". To Jinmyo osho and Endai shramon for meeting with an HVAC company and to Saigyo tando for meeting with an electrician to determine possible options for cooling practice halls. To Fushin shramon for looking after registration emails for the Introduction to Zen workshop. To Endai shramon for arranging the annual maintenance check of the monastery's fire extinguishers. 

From Kathleen Johnson:
Thank you to all the monastics at White Wind Zen Community for holding the recent Dharma Assembly.

From Shannon Craig:
Thank you to the Roshi for accepting me as a student so I could attend the Dharma assembly, work on the grounds and learn from this great lineage. Thank you to Jinmyo Osho for leading the Dharma assembly and preparing delicious food and for daisan. Thank you to Mishin ino for assisting food preparation and guidance during meal cleanup and for very helpful practice interviews over the years. and for Saigyo tando for assistance during the Dharma assembly and guidance during samu on the grounds and for helpful practice interviews. Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for assistance during the Dharma assembly and over the years. 

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.