Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, 1988 at Fourth Chute Falls,
Photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
eMirror Vol 23, No. 14
Friday, April 5th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
We actually can experience directly and intimately the activity of thinking and feeling of other bodyminds; the more that we open to how experience actually is and move past the tendency to narrow attention into discursiveness, the more that this is the case. The more completely that we sit up straight and let our delusions fall away, the more completely that we live our life as it is, the more that we recognize ourselves as all beings and all beings as ourselves. In the realization of what Dogen calls “shinjin-datsaraku” or “dropping through the bodymind” we recognize that all beings and ourselves are only the luminosity of “nehan-myoshin” or the “radiant Knowing which is beyond reference point, the nirvana of the Buddhas.”
The Bukkyo were presented so that we could enter into the vastness which includes self and others and all things in the intimate embrace which is beyond grasping and avoidance.
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 8: "The Purpose of the Sutras", Saturday, March 20th, 2004 in the teisho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo.
Fusatsu: April 17th.
The Roshi began 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:
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.
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: $27,980.00 ($10,120.00 - collective donation from monastics this week). This is enough to repair one roof of the three that need work.
Fundraising goal: $30,654
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
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
Covered balcony ceiling showing areas of frequent leaks.
Samu Weekend report by Ven. Saigyo tando
Over the weekend of March 23rd and 24th we held our first Samu Weekend of the year. 21 students attended over the two days. Although many projects were planned for the two days, one unexpectedly became the main one, which was removing a dangerous ceiling from the dining hall. After close inspection on Saturday morning, it became clear that the 120 year old plaster and lathe ceiling hidden above the newer acoustic tile hung ceiling was in a much worse shape than we thought. Over the years, about 75% of the entire ceiling area of plaster and lathe had sagged away from the joists from which it originally hung. The four inch smooth nails has simply worked their way out of the joists due to vibration (probably from traffic), time and weight. A less severe issue was repaired successfully in the Zendo, re-bolting the drooping ceiling to the joists above, but in the dining hall the problem was too far gone for an in-place repair. The centre of the ceiling was a full ten inches sagged away from the joists. The potential for a disaster of an unexpected collapse (directly above the dining hall table!) meant it was decided to remove the ceiling immediately. So, with all available students kitted out with protective gear, the 1 1/2 tonnes of plaster (with a additional layer of drywall attached) was torn down. This waste was put into a rented dumpster and carted away. Any remaining lathe and strapping was secured safely to the joists and the ceiling covered in thick plastic to stop any further dust migrating into the public spaces. Many hours of cleaning later the dining hall was returned to functionality by Sunday evening. Planning is underway to install a new soundproofed drywall ceiling in April. As White Wind Zen Community has no available funds for this project, Saigyo tando will be taking time off work to undertake this project utilizing as much help as possible from residents and any available students. Rebuilding a ceiling will take about two weeks.
Also, during the Samu Weekend Mishin ino did a large amount of administration work and many of the buildings bug-screen were repaired and re-installed with many dirty windows getting a spring wash.
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for the wonderful midday meals provided for the participants who stayed for a full day of work and to Shikai sensei for the nutritious and delicious afternoon refreshments to sustain students to the end of each day.
Thank you to the following students for offering their time to do samu:
Mishin ino, Fushin shramon, Endai shramon, Senbo, David Gallant, Claude Schryer, Tarik Kaya, Michael Nisch, Jean-Francois St-Louis, Kathleen Johnson, Marc Valade, Chantal Maheu, Constantine Tikhonov, Sarah Goul, Paula Negraes, Ian Richard, Don Charette, Robin Whitehead, Denise Beaudot and Sydnee Burgess.
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.
Ceri Behar sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 30th in Istanbul, Turkey. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Tuesday, April 2nd at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick.
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, April 6th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: "Drop by Drop" (6 of 13)
- Sunday, April 7th: SAkN “Root Cycle One” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Space” (teisho 2 of 6)
- Monday, April 8th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Taking Refuge in the Buddha" (Dharma Talk 20)
- Thursday, April 11th: “Zen is Not Kidding” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei
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.
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.
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.
Satipatthana Sutta (P) “Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness” A classical text on the Buddha’s teachings on basic mindfulness. Refer to The Straight Path: Zen Teachings on the Foundations of Mindfulness.
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.
Pajeon (Korean vegetable pancakes) made from julienned potatoes, zuccini, scallions, white onion, all purpose flour, cornstarch, garlic, salt, ground pepper; duongjang-jigai (Korean miso stew) made with Korean miso, gojuchang paste, garlic, sliced onion and carrots, green cabbage and napa cabbage; kimchi rice (chopped baechu kimchi mixed with rice and sliced deep-fried tofu; sprout salad with rice vinegar, salt and pepper.
Thick pork loin chops seasoned with garlic and onion powder, mustard powder, lots of black pepper, Korean barbeque sauce, seared in bran oil, finished off in the oven; mushroom rice (Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice cooked in mushroom stock, with added seared shitake and crimini mushrooms); green cabbage, carrot and white onion slaw with mayonnaise, lime juice, Dijon mustard, horseradish, lots of black pepper.
Colcannon (Yukon gold mashed potatoes mixed with seared chopped green cabbage, poblano peppers and Spanish onion); mushroom gravy (crimini and shitake mushrooms, diced white onion, mushroom stock, shoyu, thyme, worcestershire sauce, lots of black pepper; peas and corn with sauteed tofu; sprout salad (monastery soil-grown sprouts - Broccoli raab, wasabi mustard, daikon, speckled peas, kaware radish and Swiss chard, dressed with white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and grapeseed oil.
Baking by Shikai sensei:
Vanilla cheesecake with maple syrup; oat and currant cookies; maple bread; peanut butter cookies (dairy & gluten free).
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 Shikai sensei:
Thank you to Denise Beaudot for nine bottles of maple syrup produced by her family.
From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Shikai sensei for the photographic triptych in the Dining Hall, a portion of which is the evocative cover of "Freedom and Tyranny", a book comprised of a series of Dharma Talks and Zen Mondo available for free on the WWZC website. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan. Thank you to Mishin ino in her role as treasurer for preparing and posting all of the tax receipts to students who provided donations last year. Thank you Saigyo tando for meeting with the electrician and doing the planning necessary for the major repair to the Dining Hall ceiling that will begin in a few weeks.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Chiso anagarika, Brian Lakeman, Peter McRae, Kathleen Johnson, Stacey Loyer, Elizabeth Eve, Chris Jamison, Constantine Tikhonov, Mohamed Zakzouk, Louis Radakir, Thach Hoang, Claude Schryer, and Pierre Trahan for donations to 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.