Photograph of pigeons waiting for Roshi
to put some seeds out on the flat roof outside of the Hojo
by Ven. Mishin Roelofs ino
eMirror Vol 23, No. 6
Friday, February 8th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
Each of the paramitas is an application of the realized-practice, a manifestation of realized-practice. As Dogen says,
In any case, exertion or practice could each be placed foremost. The six paramitas could be seen as thirty-six permutations of each other; with each device, a device being realized.
The term “device” is “raro” which is a kind of trap or net for catching small birds. Each of the six paramitas capture and express something of Awakened activity but fundamentally all are each other and all are that single activity of liberating all beings.
Dogen zenji says,
“Paramita” means “going to the other shore.” The other shore is beyond any mark or trace of coming and going and is actualized in arriving. The universe is this arriving. Do not think practice leads to the other shore. Practice exists as the other shore arriving as our practice because this practice is always this arriving of the universe.
There is a vast difference, wider than a river, wider than a sea, between usual experience and the life of being open as Openness. But our practice is not the accumulation of merit and the cultivation of or imitation of the qualities of a bodhisattva such as generosity, discipline, flexibility, exertion, practice, and perfect knowing. This practice is the other shore arriving in each moment that we sit up straight and open to Openness.
The word that Dogen uses here is “to” or “arriving” which can mean “to arrive” or “having arrived.” In other words, it carries the meaning of already present. However, there is nothing can be truly present as such because everything is always arising and falling away, from nowhere to nowhere, as Suchness. Each apparent thing is truly a presencing, an exertion, an activity of the Aware Space of Experiencing. This is the universe arriving in each moment as the universe. Opening to the open exertion of this vast activity of arriving is the very nature of the realized-practice Transmitted by the Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors.
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 6, "The Paramitas" on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 in the teisho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo.
The Nehan O-sesshin will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 8th, and will end at noon on Friday, February 15th. A sitting for associate and general students will take place in the Zendo on Saturday, February 9th. 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.
Cancelled General Sitting
The February 11th general sitting that would normally take place at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled due to the O-sesshin.
Cancelled Associate Sitting
The February 14th associate sitting that would normally take place at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled due to the O-sesshin.
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.
Commemoration of the Buddha’s Death (Nehan-e) February 15th.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, February 27th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
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: $9,730
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.
Rodney Gallant sat a two-day reteat on Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd at his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
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, February 9th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Donning Monastic Robes" (Dharma Talk 18)
- Saturday, February 16th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” (teisho 1 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.
(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.
Samu (J) Work practice, caretaking. A vital part of practice on a daily basis, samu offered by monks and students maintains the practice rooms, the environment of the monastery, and the grounds. By participating in samu students learn how to practise whilst working which will have a carryover effect into other aspects of daily life. The tasks students are assigned are of benefit to the community as a whole. So shovelling snow at the monastery would be "samu", and shovelling snow on your own sidewalk would not, and cleaning your garage at home even during a retreat is not "samu", but cleaning the boot rack used by Sangha members is "samu".
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 Prior to the Evening Sittings:
Kimchi fried rice (chopped kimchi and Thai rice); ‘ugly tofu’ (sliced semi-firm tofu sauteed with bran oil, then braised in a sauce made from minced garlic, chopped green onions, Korean hot pepper flakes, shoyu, lime juice, a pinch of brown sugar); sauteed bok choy; braised shitake and crimini mushrooms.
Peameal bacon; tomato bisque (blended cooked carrot, onion, celery, garlic with tomato juice, garlic, thyme, savory, basil, parsley, red wine); coleslaw (celeriac, green cabbage, white onion, lime juice, horseradish, Dijon mustard); baguettes.
Biryani (basmati rice, sauteed cubed potatoes, carrots and onion, salt, chilis, fenugreek, dill, turmeric and cinnamon); mild curry made with caramelized diced white and Spanish onions, minced garlic, minced ginger, finely chopped hot finger chilies, jalapeno and poblano peppers, garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric, cayenne, cardamom, a few tablespoons of yogurt, sauteed green beans and chunks of poblano peppers); leftover slaw (celeriac, green cabbage, white onion, lime juice, horseradish, Dijon mustard) mixed with hot lime pickle; sauteed spinach stalks with lime juice, garlic, a pinch of brown sugar.
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 Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for the many translations of important Dharma texts that he has done over the years that make these Teachings available to others. The last few weeks, we have been listening to teisho based on his translation of Jianzhi Sengcan zenji's "Xinxin Ming" and Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui". Thank you to Jinmyo osho for editing the eMirror each week and for providing instruction on alignment during chanting and the use of the inkin bell. Thank you to Mishin ino for her work as Treasurer, which gets especially busy as the time to file taxes approaches and receipts for all donations made during 2018 have to be issued to students.
"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.