eMirror Vol 23, No. 12 (2019-03-22)

 

The Mirror of Komyo (Luminosity)

The Mirror of Komyo (Luminosity)

eMirror Vol 23, No. 12

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
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,

Thus Qingyuan’s dangling a leg is the Three Paths and Twelve Divisions of the sutras. Nanyue’s “To call it a thing misses the mark”1 is the Three Paths and Twelve Divisions of the sutras. This is what Xuansha’s “completely unnecessary” means. In picking up this point it is nothing other than the Buddhas and Ancestors, not even a half a person or a single thing else. “From the beginning not one thing.”2 Right now, what is it? We should say “completely unnecessary.”


Someone asked me the other day in dokusan why Qingyuan’s dangling a leg was a sanctioning of Shitou to mature his practice on the mountain. Well, why not? Releasing a leg from the posture and letting it hang from the sitting platform is actually the royal ease asana or posture. Avalokitesvara the bodhisattva of compassion is often depicted in this form which represents being ready to rise in order to act to liberate beings. In this sense it is also like a tiger crouching before a pounce. In any case, it was a communication between a Teacher and a student and so it is a Bukkyo, one of the Buddha’s sutras.

Dogen refers to Nanyue’s “To call it a thing misses the mark.” This is from the following koan concerning Nanyue and the Sixth Ancestor Huineng, called here the Old Buddha Caoxi, in Sanbyakusoku Shobogenzo 101:

When Zen Master Nanyue Dahui first enters into training with the Old Buddha Caoxi, the Old Buddha asked, “What thing comes thus?”

Nanyue thoroughly investigated this ball of mud for eight years. At last he presented the end-play of his thorough investigation to the Old Buddha and said, “Huairang understands now why when I first came here, the Master received Huairang with, 'What thing comes thus.'“
    
The Old Buddha Caoxi said, “How do you understand it?”
Dahui said, “To call it a thing misses the mark.”
The Old Buddha Caoxi asked, “Do you rely upon practice and realization or not?”
Dahui said, “It is not that there is no practice and realization but that it is stainless.”
Then Caoxi said, “Just this stainlessness is what the Buddhas maintain and care for. You are thus, I am thus, and the Ancestors of India were also thus.”


Dogen zenji quotes also from Huineng’s verse on the mirror:

“Enlightenment is not a tree
and the clear mirror hangs nowhere.
From the beginning, not one thing.
Where can dust alight.”


This ancient sutra of Huineng’s is a mirror for all of us. When we do not stain the realm of Awake Awareness with notions of self and other, objects and entities and things and release passion aggression and ignorance then we maintain and care for the gyoji, the continuous practice of realization which liberates from the illusions of our reflections.

In our practice sutras are as numberless as dust motes turning and shining in the sunlight at a window. The thread of the Buddhas is woven everywhere as every colour and form and sound and any and every experience that you can have.

Please, this evening, enjoy yourselves.
    
1 Refers to the following koan concerning Nanyue and Huineng in Sanbyakusoku Shobogenzo 101:
When Zen Master Nanyue Dahui first enters into training with the Old Buddha Caoxi, the Old Buddha asked, “What thing comes thus?”
Nanyue thoroughly investigated this ball of mud for eight years. At last he presented the end-play of his thorough investigation to the Old Buddha and said, “Huairang understands now why when I first came here, the Master received Huairang with, 'What thing comes thus.'“
The Old Buddha Caoxi said, “How do you understand it?”
Dahui said, “To call it a thing misses the mark.”
The Old Buddha Caoxi asked, “Do you rely upon practice and realization or not?”
Dahui said, “It is not that there is no practice and realization but that it is stainless.”
Then Caoxi said, “Just     this stainlessness is what the Buddhas maintain and care for. You are thus, I am thus, and the Ancestors of India were also thus.”

2 A reference to Huineng’s verse on the mirror.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 7: "The Twelve Divisions", Thursday, February 19, 2004 in the teisho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo. 
 


Upcoming Events



Fusatsu: 
April 3rd and 17th.

Samu Weekend 
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th. 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 soon be writing 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.

Hermitage
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, April 3rd, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana. 

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th. For more information please see:
https://wwzc.org/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa 
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Hanamatsuri Two-day Sesshin
The Hanamatsuri (Festival of Flowers) two-day sesshin begins on Friday, April 12th at 8:00 p.m., and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th. On Saturday, April 13th, 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.


Roof Repair


 

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 flashing in poor repair,
unsecured wires, and the deterioration of the old tar and gravel covering


Roof repair funds raised to date: $20,300 ($10,120.00 - collective donation from monastics this week). This is enough to repair one roof of the three that need work.

Fundraising goal: 
$10.353.63 for the other two roofs (this amount may end up being slightly higher because the quotes for these roofs are now a year old).

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 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

 

Covered balcony ceiling showing areas of frequent leaks.
Covered balcony ceiling showing areas of frequent leaks.
 


Congratulations



Congratulations and deep gassho to Chris Jamison of Washington, DC, who has been accepted as an associate public student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.
 


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.
 


Retreats



Tarik Kaya sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 16th. Michael Nisch, visiting Dainen-ji from his home in Ulm, Germany, began a five-day retreat on Monday, March 18th which concludes on the evening of Friday, March 22nd.Tarik Kaya sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 16th. Michael Nisch, visiting Dainen-ji from his home in Ulm, Germany, began a five-day retreat on Monday, March 18th which concludes on the evening of Friday, March 22nd.

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.
 


Teisho



Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Monday, March 25th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "What Will Be Lost" (12 of 13) 
  • Thursday, March 21st: "Content and Context: Beyond the Circles of Self-Concern" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari 
  • Saturday, March 30th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: "A Fine Blend of Teas" (5 of 13)

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:
https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings-schedule

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.
 


Help Required with Archiving Project



We would like assistance from students to work on an archiving project which has been underway for a number of years. Approximately 100 recordings of teisho and Dharma Talks presented by the Roshi in the late 1980's and early 1990's are still not available to students on our web-site. These were recordings were made on audio cassette. The process for preserving these cassette recordings and making them available to students is as follows:

  • Transfer the cassette recording to a digital format
  • Edit the single digital files from each cassette side to separate the presentations.
  • Clean up the quality of the recording as much as possible using computer software and in the cases of a recording being of very poor playback quality, using the services of a professional audio restoration company.
  • Rename, digitally tag each presentation and add the recording information to the database.
  • Create archive quality master CD copies of the recordings for long term storage including printing all of the CD case inserts and graphics.
  • Upload completed audio files to the WWZC sound-site so that they are available to students to listen to.


This process is extensive and time consuming, requiring at least 4-5 hours of work for each individual recording. The amount of work required for the monastic sangha to complete this project expediently is not possible, so we are asking for help from the rest of the sangha.

A student would be required to offer regular commitment of time, a block two to three hours weekly is ideal but also a commitment every two weeks would work well. Students would be trained in the work they would be doing and so no specific skill set is needed. 

If you are able to assist with this vital project to preserve the Teachings please write to Mishin ino or Saigyo tando or send a message to WWZC.org. Thank you very much.
 


WWZC Website


wwzc.org

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.

 

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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.

Sanmei (J) Three Aspects (of koan study).
Richi: knowing the ultimate. Aware Space.
Kikan: devices, skillful means. The machine.
Kojo: Reality Itself.

For a full presentation of the permutations of meanings of these three terms in the context of koan practice refer to Koan: The Real Question, May 1994 O-sesshin.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.

 

Spinach


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:
Thai rice with sauteed chives and scallions; haricots verts cooked with garlic-chili sauce, shoyu, sesame seeds; cubes of medium-firm tofu braised in chili sauce, with poblano peppers, yellow and red bell peppers, strips of Spanish onion. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Sliced back bacon, coleslaw (green cabbage, white onion, Dijon mustard, Mayonnaise, lime juice, horseradish, lots of black pepper); baguettes. Vegetarian option: sliced baguette, two flavours of hummus, vegan cheese, pickles and coleslaw.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Yukon gold mashed potatoes; slices of medium-firm tofu sauteed with chipotle adobo sauce; steamed kale; sprout salad (monastery grown broccoli, radish, sunflower, pea shoots), dressed with white balsamic vinegar and grapeseed oil.

 

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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 Saigyo tando for growing an interesting variety of organic ‘soil sprouts’ in the monastery so that we can make salads. Thank you to the Tando and Endai shramon for ‘emergency cleanup’ when water started streaming through the ceiling fan in my bedroom/office (the roof above is one of the three that needs repair). 

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the chant for the memorial for our Lineage Ancestor Keizan Jokin zenji on March 21st and for leading the formal sittings each morning. Thank you to Jinmyo osho and Saigyo tando for sprouting and raising greens that make delicious salads for yakuseki meals. Thank you to Saigyo tando for overseeing important improvements to the kitchen sink.

From the Office of the Treasurer: 
Thank you to monastics for donating a total of $10,120.00 to the roof repair fund. Thank you to Endai shramon for a donation. Thank you to Chris Jamison for a donation to the roof repair fund. Thank you to the following students for donations towards the upcoming samu weekend:  Peter McRae, Louis Radakir, George Donovan, and Alex Groarke.
 


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.