Goma fire ceremony
eMirror Vol 23, No. 17
Friday, April 26th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
In Indian cosmology a universe has three eons in which it arises, dwells, and then decays, burning itself away. Following this there is the period of the empty eon and then the spark of the arising of a new universe. This is the background to the monk’s question.
A monk asked Dasui,1 “The fire at the end of time will destroy the total universe. Is the One destroyed or not?
Dasui said, “It is destroyed.”
The monk asked, “Then It will go with it?”
Dasui said, “It goes with it.”
The One which presences as the many is not some other thing. We are all part of it and yet it is indivisible. It is intimately present as all things and each thing and yet never appears at all. It goes with the coming and going of each mote of dust and each hair floating on a breeze. The skilful means of the Buddhas is to recognize the narrowness with which beings confuse themselves and to present an angle which opens out into the Vast Path of Reality. This is how Buddhas go with and accord to beings. Beings can accord to and go with the Buddhas by opening to the indivisible richness which presences as every particle.
The purpose of setsu-sekyo or “those sutras proclaimed” is not just to speak about but to make manifest the Thusness or Suchness which is the life and death which is manifest everywhere as everyone and everything. As this is so, life and death are the sutras themselves. From head to toe you are the sutras. According to this, just going with this, is aligning yourself in body, breath, speech, and mind with the It that goes along with you as you.
1 Dasui Fazhen (Ta-sui Fa-chen, Dazui Hoshin), ca. 9th C. A Dharma-heir of Changqing Da’an, grandchild in Dharma to Baizhang. He also trained for a time with Dongshan Liangjie and Guishan Lingyu. He appears in Blue Cliff Records 29 and in Records of Silence 30 (which is the same case).
-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.
May 1st and 15th.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, May 1st, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, May 4th, at 1:45 p.m. 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
The Sogaku-ki O-sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12th and ends at noon on Sunday, May 19th. Monastics and formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
Cancelled General Sitting
The Monday, May 13th, 7:30 p.m. general sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.
Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday, May 16th, 7:30 p.m. associate sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.
Associate and General Sitting During O-sesshin
During the O-sesshin there will be a sitting in the Zendo on Saturday, May 18th for associate and general students which will begin at 9:15 a.m. (First Bell) and will end at 11:30 a.m. Please remain on the first floor.
A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to meet face to face with preliminary students or to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.
May 18th is the memorial for the death of Sogaku Myoshin Hakukaze daiosho, the 80th Lineage Ancestor and, it is said, the author of “Scattered Notes On The Daruma-kata”. Sogaku Hakukaze daisho lived during the Tokugawa era. He received transmission from Manzan Dohaku daiosho and gave transmission to Anzan Daiko daiosho.
May 26th is a day traditionally dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. Fudo Myo-o (J) Acala Vidyaraja (S) A manifestation of “Mahavairocana” or all pervading Awareness as a wrathful guardian figure; a symbol of boundless energy, determination and compassion. Traditionally used as a symbol of the Teacher’s mind in this Lineage. Fudo stands glaring and snarling like a demon; it holds the sword of insight in one hand and the cord of the Precepts in the other; it has chained itself to a rock in the midst of the raging flames of the deepest hell to work for the liberation of all beings there.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, May 29th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2nd, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
Roof Repair Fund
The amount raised to date is now $35,810. Through the generosity of the Sangha we have now surpassed the amount needed to repair three most urgent roofs and so we can make arrangements to schedule the work. The overage will be set aside for the next roof which we already know is in need of repair, the roof over the Hojo (where the huge icicle grows as moisture escapes over the winter). Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Repairing the Dining Hall ceiling
Congratulations and deep gassho to Alison Burke of Ottawa who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.
Mohamed Zakzouk began a seven-day retreat on Monday, April 15th which concludes on the evening of Sunday, April 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, April 27th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Robe and Bowl" (8 of 13)
- Monday, April 29th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Receiving Guidance from their Teacher" (Dharma Talk 24)
- Thursday, May 2nd: “Monkey in the House of Six Windows” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin
- Saturday, May 4th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “This is How We Walk" (9 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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
(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.
Satori (J) Enlightenment. This term is rarely used in the Zen Community.
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 Made This Week by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho:
Roasted Yukon gold potatoes; butter/lime tofu (sliced deep-fried tofu seasoned with lime juice, mirin, garlic and onion powder, salt and cracked black pepper, sauteed in butter); sauteed greens (dai gai choy, tatsoi, gai lan, bok choy); cubed friulano and sweet gherkins with lemon zest, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Mixed grain (basmati, Chinese long-grain and Thai white rice); Vegan dal Makhani (beluga lentils, red kidney beans, cayenne, cumin seeds, green chilis, minced ginger, minced garlic, finely chopped Spanish onions, asafoetida, turmeric, chopped tomatoes, garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves); salad of sliced Romaine lettuce with chopped tomatoes, radishes, celery, dressed with coconut milk, lime juice, grated red onion, salt and black pepper.
Baking by Shikai sensei:
Rustic salted maple pie.
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 Chiso anagarika for a device for easing neck discomfort, chocolate and effective hand cream.
From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Shikai sensei for many baked goods this week, including plantain cookies with tamarind and a sugar pie. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing delicious meals for lunch and dinner everyday last week to feed those working on installing a new ceiling in the dining hall, in addition to the regular yakuseki meals. Thank you to Saigyo tando for organizing and doing most of the work involved in the ceiling installation.
From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to the Sensei for the mid day snack during renovation samu on saturday. They were delicious and I appreciate that they were gluten and dairy free. Thanks also to the Tando and Fushin shramon and all volunteer helpers for their hard work on the restoring the Dining Hall. It is impressive to see the quality of work that goes into maintaining Dainen-ji for ongoing practice.
From Michael Nisch:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for her guidance and for reminding me what Dharma is all about. Thank you again to Shikai sensei for pointing out that there is nothing to lose in letting go of self-image.
From Mohamed Zakzouk:
I am grateful for my recent retreat at Dainen-ji. Thank you to the Roshi for creating such an elegant environment for practice. Thank you to the Roshi, to Shikai sensei and to Jinmyo osho for providing a wealth of teisho and Dharma Talks that keep on giving. Thank you to Mishin ino for being so patient with me during interviews and for encouraging me to become more honest about my practice. Thank you to Saigyo tando for accommodating my retreat despite hectic roof repairs and for helping me laugh at my childish concerns about the Dharma. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing a rich variety of nutritious meals; to Shikai sensei for her yummy refreshments, especially the salted maple pie. Thank you to Endai shramon, Fushin shramon and Leonardo for helping me navigate my way through house rules, and to all monastics for living and teaching by example. I am deeply humbled by your dedication to continuous practice.
From Ian Richard:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho and the Office of the Tenzo for providing delicious Yakuseki for students prior to the evening sittings, and also wonderful lunches for students volunteering to work on the Dining Hall ceiling. Thank you to Shikai sensei for her cookies and photography. Thank you to Shikai sensei, Mishin ino, and Saigyo tando for encouragement and insight in recent daisan and practice interviews. Thank you to Fushin shramon for answering my questions during archiving samu. Thank you to the entire Sangha for contributing to the Roof Repair Fund, and for offering their time, money, and energy in countless ways to ensure that we all continue to have such an ideal practice environment.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Hannah Kent for a donation 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.