eMirror Vol 22, No. 42 (2018-10-19)



eMirror Vol 22, No. 43

Friday, October 26th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

And now we come to the passage that I had mentioned earlier in which Dogen speaks of Mahakasyapa as Sakyamuni’s authentic and in fact sole heir.

Mahakasyapa is the Dharma-heir of Sakyamuni and master of the Treasury of Dharma; he Transmitted the Eye and Treasury of the Complete Teachings and maintained the Buddha Way. Anyone who thinks that the Buddha Way was not Transmitted like that has a distorted view of the Buddha Way. Even if only a single verse is authentically Transmitted, still the Dharma is authentically Transmitted. If one verse is authentically Transmitted, mountains and rivers are authentically Transmitted. This principle holds true in all cases. Sakyamuni’s Eye and Treasury of the Complete Teachings and complete and utter Awakening was only authentically Transmitted to Mahakasyapa, and no one else. The authentic Transmission is surely Mahakasyapa. And so, anyone in the past or right now who wishes to study the true reality of the Buddha Dharma and wants to determine the correct Teaching must study and practice under the Buddhas and Ancestors. They should not go anywhere else.

This is where Dogen goes a bit too far in that he equates the Dharma with the Zen Lineage. In fact, he equates the Dharma with his own specific Lineage. This is a reflection of his own personal experience of the difficulty of finding a living Transmission in the monasteries of Japan and China before being able to encounter Tiantong Rujing, whom he called “the Old Buddha.”

Just to ensure that we are clear concerning this, the Buddha appointed many monastics as Teachers. There were many famous Teachers besides Mahakasyapa such as Ananda, Sariputra, Subhuti, Purna, Maudgalyayana, Katyayana, Aniruddha, Upali and Rahula. Then there are less well-known figures such as the female monastic Dhammadinna whose Teachings appeared as Majjhima Nikaya 44, the Culla-Vedalla sutta, in the Pali Tipitaka. There were the many elders whose verses on their Awakening were recorded as the Theragatha and Therigatha. There were many streams of the Buddha's Lineage and these each developed their own streams and flowed over the mountains and plains and valleys of Asia. Many dried up quickly, others became roaring rivers, others still but stagnant ponds. Even if the legendary succession of the Indian Ancestors had been historically true, there were many other Lineages other than the one that became known as Chan and Zen. When I myself speak of the Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors I of course mean Dogen's Lineage; but I also mean all Buddhas and all those who Awaken and Transmit the Way throughout the Dharmadhatu, the Total Field of All Possibilities.    
-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.

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu: October 24th, November 7th and 21st.

Samu Weekend
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.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday October 31st, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th, 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, November 3rd. 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

November Two-day Sesshin
The November 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,  November 11th. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
On Saturday, November 10th, 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.

November 18th is the Memorial for the death of Anzan Daiko zenji.

Dharma Assembly
On Saturday, November 17th, 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 November 17th is cancelled owing to the Dharma Assembly.

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.


Gillian Higenbottam sat a one and a half-day retreat from Saturday, October 13th to Sunday, October 14th. Tarik Kaya sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, October 13th.

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.

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: $5,330

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.

osho-ryo roof

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

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 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

Roof of first-floor library bay window showing past patching and rusting metal surface


Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Saturday, October 20th to Saturday, October 27th
  • 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)
  • Sunday, October 21st: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Strategies of Transcendence" (8 of 9) 
  • Monday, October 22nd: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Moving Past Householders Life” (Dharma Talk 13) 
  • Thursday, October 25th: "Dealing with the Demon" by Ven. Jinmyo Rengo osho-ajari 

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:

Recent Dharma Talk

On Saturday, September 22nd, Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari presented "The Whole World is Already Ready", Dharma Talk 2 in the series "All Around, All At Once".
Direct link to transcript of Dharma Talk: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/all-around-all-once-part-2-whole-world-already-ready 
Direct link to MP3 recording (accessible to students): https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings/all-around-all-once

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.

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 Served Prior to the Evening Sittings:

Monday Yakuseki:
Fried rice (Thai white rice, chopped red and green peppers, scallions, hoisin and vegetarian oyster sauce, shoyu, ginger; dai gai choy and Chinese celery soup (dai gai choy, Chinese celery stalks and leaves chopped, white onion chopped, ginger, shaoshing, shoyu, vegetable stock, deep-fried tofu triangles); baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Fish chowder (cubed Yukon gold potatoes, chopped leeks, whole kernel corn, halibut, cod, shrimp, bacon cut into small pieces and pre-cooked, savory, rosemary, lots of black pepper, fermented shrimp paste); coleslaw (sliced green cabbage, carrots and white onion, lime juice, mayonnaise, horseradish, salt and pepper); baguettes. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Farfalle pasta with a mushroom sauce (crimini mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, white wine, garlic, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, goat cheese); deep-fried tofu with butter and chili sauce; gai lan stems and leaves and bok choy sauteed with butter. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Molasses raisin cookies; oat cakes.


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 picking up food and supplies for retreatants,  residents and events, several times each week. Thank you to Shikai sensei for excellent oatcakes and molasses cookies baked for residents. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for finding excellent new bowls for the dining hall. Thank you to Mishin ino for investigating and implementing a more effective scheduling system for practice interview with students. Thank you to Fushin shramon, Endai shramon, Leonardo Nobrega, Sarah Goul and Hannah Kent for assistance with removing the window bug screens in the building to prepare for window washing.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan and on use of the mokugyo and inkin. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for dealing with various contractors hired to repair the sagging floor in an area of the monastery, to upgrade the doorbell system, and to clean the windows.

From Hannah Kent:
Thank you to Anzan Hoshin roshi for the peaceful and beautiful environment at Dainen-ji and for allowing me to use office space here. Thank you to Shikai sensei and Jinmyo osho for daisan. 

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Gillian Higenbottam, Brian Lakeman, and Mohamed Zakzouk for donations towards the roof repair fund.

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.