The Diamond Cutter Sutra
eMirror Vol 22, No. 41
Friday, October 12th, 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,
"However, people who have a mistaken view of “a special Transmission outside the scriptures” can never understand its meaning. Therefore, do not believe that there is “a special Transmission outside the scriptures” while misunderstanding the Buddha’s sutras. Anyone who talks like that should ask themselves if it is possible to say that there is a special Transmission outside the mind? If we say “a special Transmission outside the mind,” it is just senseless words; such words can never make a Transmission occur. If we cannot say that there is “a special Transmission outside the mind” then we also cannot say there is “a special Transmission outside the scriptures."
In the real world lived by the Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors, inside and outside are just the turning and shining of each other. This is what the mind is. This is who you are. This is what a sutra is.
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 3: "Turning and Shining," Sunday, February 15, 2004 in the tesho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo.
Fusatsu: October 24th.
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th. 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.
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 Christian Leando on being accepted as an associate public student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi. Christian is a resident of Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Elizabeth Eve sat a partial retreat on Wednesday, October 10th at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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.
Fundraising for roof repair
Fundraising goal: The estimates we have received for this roof work total $30,653.63 for replacement of all three roofs. We hope to engage the contractor to do the work in spring 2019, but this will depend on whether sufficient funds have been collected.
Amount raised to date: $4,350.00
Three roofs at Dainen-ji are in need of replacement in the next twelve months: the roof of the Osho-ryo at the rear of the building, and the roofs of the bay windows in the first floor library and the covered balcony on the west side.
The roof above the Osho-ryo is currently covered in tar and gravel, an old roofing system that is in need of replacement with a modern membrane. UV light has (dried and) damaged quite a bit of the tar, especially at the edges of the roof, creating a danger of leaks. A leak into the Osho-ryo via the chimney flashing was patched recently. Due to sagging of the roof structure over time, water is pooling in a low spot that is no longer draining properly. This will be remedied with the installation of a new membrane. The old flashing has pulled away from the building and has been repaired many times, as you can see from the photos. Old wires and other fittings need to be removed safely or secured properly.
Detail of Osho-ryo roof showing flashing in poor repair,
unsecured wires, and the deterioration of the old tar and gravel covering
Detail of Osho-ryo roof showing failing flashing
and past patching; green is moss growing on gravel roof surface
The roofs of the bay window of the first-floor library and the covered balcony are made of metal and are very old. They are rusty, and the leaking joints and flashing have been patched with tar many times over the years. These roofs will be replaced with modern shingles or a membrane as suitable. Both roofs have sprouted leaks numerous times in recent years, damaging materials for the suiseki arrangements stored there and putting books and other materials at risk in the first floor library.
Roof of covered balcony on west side of building
showing rusting metal surface and patched seams
Roof of first-floor library bay window showing past patching and rusting metal surface
Recorded Teachings Schedule
- Saturday, October 13th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”: “Resting in Motion" (16 of 26)
- Sunday, October 14th: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Mudra" (7 of 9)
- Monday, October 15th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “If in Danger or Difficulty” (Dharma Talk 12)
- Thursday, October 18th: "Expect to be Surprised" by Ven. Jinmyo Rengo osho-ajari
- Saturday, October 20th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”: “The Practice of Entrusting" (17 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.
Saijo-kijo (J); View of Perfect Practice.
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.
Meals Prepared During O-sesshin:
Saturday breakfast: Lo mein noodles with strips of Spanish onion, poblano peppers, red bell peppers, bean sprouts, ginger, garlic, roasted chili oil, sesame oil and shoyu; scrambled eggs made with wasabi.
Saturday Lunch: Calrose and arborio rice with chopped scallions; miso shiru with baby bok choy, silken tofu and reconstituted shitake mushrooms; takuan and ginger.
Saturday Supper: Roasted Russet potatoes (bran oil, salt, black pepper); tomato soup (chopped Spanish onion, minced garlic, red wine, diced tomatoes, tomato juice, basil, oregano, with puffed deep-fried tofu; friulano cheese with sweet gherkins.
Sunday Breakfast: scallion congee with tofu.
Sunday Lunch: Lundberg short-grain brown rice with a topping of braised cubed daikon (chili sauce, shoyu, lime juice, mirin, sesame oil); spicy wakame soup (wakame seaweed reconstituted in strained miso shiru from the previous day, shoyu, roasted chili paste, ginger, sesame oil, mirin, silken tofu); baechu kimchi.
Sunday Supper: curried pineapple rice (Thai white and brown rice, chopped seeded tomatoes, chopped red bell pepper and Spanish onion, turmeric, cumin, cardamon, cayenne, chopped fresh pineapple, fresh coriander); curried potato/cauliflower (leftover roasted russet potatoes, caramelized Spanish onion, chopped cauliflower, cumin, cayenne, coriander, garam masala, chopped fresh coriander stems, plain yogurt); shredded green cabbage with sliced Asian pear dressed with mayonnaise, lime pickle, lime juice, Dijon mustard, lots of black pepper.
Monday Breakfast: fried rice (leftover pineapple rice and curry from the previous evening); scrambled eggs.
Monday Lunch: Mixed grain (calrose, red and white quinoa, wild rice, Thai sticky rice); miso shiru with baby bok choy, silken tofu and reconstituted shitake mushrooms; takuan and ginger.
Monday Supper: Mixed grain (arborio, calrose and barley) with sauteed cubed sweet potato, sesame oil, and lots of minced garlic); bulgogi tofu (deep-fried tofu, chopped assorted peppers, chopped Spanish onion, ginger, bulgogi sauce, shoyu); chunks of Asian pear tossed with lime juice and red chili flakes.
Tuesday Breakfast: Fried rice (leftover mixed grain and the previous evening’s bulgogi tofu.
Tuesday Lunch: White and brown Thai rice with a topping of braised cubed daikon (chili sauce, shoyu, lime juice, mirin, sesame oil); spicy wakame soup (wakame seaweed reconstituted in strained miso shiru from the previous day, shoyu, roasted chili paste, ginger, sesame oil, mirin, silken tofu); baechu kimchi.
Tuesday Supper: Cavatappi pasta in a butter-garlic sauce (butter, olive oil, minced garlic, chopped white onion, lime juice, Parmesan cheese, small amount of half & half, red chili flakes); gai lan, poblano and red bell pepper spears, garlic, balsamic vinegar, red kidney beans and white kidney beans); friulano cheese with sweet gherkins.
Wednesday Breakfast: Lo mein noodles, strips of Spanish onion, poblano and red bell pepper, ginger, garlic, scallions, vegetarian oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, shoyu; scrambled eggs.
Wednesday Lunch: Mixed grain (calrose, red and white quinoa, wild rice, Thai sticky rice); miso shiru with baby bok choy, silken tofu and reconstituted shitake mushrooms; takuan and ginger.
Wednesday Supper: Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice, baby peas and butter; butternut squash soup (cooked, blended butternut squash and white onion with a small amount of cream, seasoned with rosemary, thyme, garlic, and added cooked leek greens); tomato spears, black olives, artichoke hearts with olive oil, salt and lots of black pepper.
Thursday Breakfast: fried leftover cavatappi pasta from Tuesday’s supper with added red bell pepper, chopped Spanish onion; scrambled eggs.
Thursday Lunch: White and brown Thai rice with a topping of braised cubed daikon (chili sauce, shoyu, lime juice, mirin, sesame oil); spicy wakame soup (wakame seaweed reconstituted in strained miso shiru from the previous day, shoyu, roasted chili paste, ginger, sesame oil, mirin, silken tofu); baechu kimchi.
Thursday Supper: Roasted root vegetables (Yukon gold potatoes, carrots and rutabaga with bran oil, salt, lots of black pepper); mushroom soup with deep-fried tofu puffs (crimini, king oyster and porcini mushrooms, red wine, garlic, chopped white onion, shoyu, rosemary, thyme, smoked paprika, lots of black pepper); green cabbage slaw (thinly cut green cabbage, carrots and onion, seasoned with mayonnaise, lime juice, horseradish, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper).
Friday Breakfast: Fried rice (leftover Lundberg Farms brown rice with peas, mixed with leftover Calrose rice, chopped spanish onions, minced jalapeno, chopped yellow, orange and red shepherd bell peppers, leftover scrambled eggs, garlic, butter, ancho powder and cumin).
Baking by Shikai sensei:
Individual Apple Nut Cream-cheese Custard Cups; Queen Elizabeth Cake; Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; feta biscuits.
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 teisho presented several years ago in part 1 of the Lineage of Luminosity series, on our Lineage Ancestors Nagarjuna, Kanadeva, Rahulata, Sanghanandi, and Gayashata; to Shikai sensei for tasty refreshments during the O-sesshin, and the loan of wrist weights for my shoulder physio; to Jinmyo osho for leading the Daruma-ki O-sesshin, for the many wonderful meals prepared for O-sesshin practitioners, especially the butternut squash and leek soup, and for daisan; to Saigyo tando for responding to student emails about scheduling retreats; to Endai shramon for certifying the photocopies of various WWZC official documents.
From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for his translation of the Daruma-ki, the memorial for Bodhidharma daiosho, which we are chanting each day during this Daruma-ki O-sesshin. Thank you to Shikai sensei for the excellent refreshments prepared each day during the O-sesshin. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the O-sesshin, instruction on the forms and for designing and preparing the wonderful meals enjoyed by participants of the O-sesshin.
From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting the teisho series "The Lineage of Luminosity: The Lineage in India", to which we have been listening during Daruma-ki O-sesshin. Thank you Shikai sensei for preparing O-sesshin refreshment and to Jinmyo osho for leading the sittings and preparing meals in her role as Tenzo. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for helping in the preparation and serving of meals during O-sesshin in their role as tenzo-anja (assistant to the Tenzo). Thank you to Chiso anagarika for her example of practice and for driving all the way from Boston to attend O-sesshin.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Chantal Maheu and Sverre Bang for donations towards the roof repair fund.
"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.