eMirror Vol 21, No. 48 (2017-12-01)

Blue sky

eMirror Vol 21, No. 48

Friday, December 1st, 2017
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Quotes from teisho are run sequentially in the eMirror

Waking Up is not a matter of up or down, front or back, left or right, in or out. Waking Up is awakening as that which is found everywhere, but bound nowhere. Nothing can contain it - because it is as everything… because it is not a thing: there are no things at all, because there is nothing other than it. What appears to be solid and opposed to and separate from everything around it, is the activity of everything around it, and of that which is nothing, and so is everything.

When we open up around our obsessions; when we move past the configurations of fabricated mental space, to the richness of the colours and forms and sounds of physical space; and when we open physical space into the space of experiencing, it can seem as if something new has happened, but we are merely returning to what was, is, and will be always already the case.

- Beginning teisho 3: "Waking Up is Not a Matter of 'Up'," August 24th, 1996 in "Studying the Mystery," Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandōkai"

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu: December 6th and 20th.

Rohatsu O-sesshin

The Rohatsu O-sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1st, and will end on Friday, December 8th following Jodo-e (commemorating the Buddha's Awakening).

Cancelled General Sitting

The Monday, December 4th general sitting that would normally begin at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled as the Rohatsu O-sesshin will be in progress.

Cancelled Associate Sitting

The Thursday, December 7th associate sitting that would normally begin at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled as the Rohatsu O-sesshin will be in progress.

For Associate and General Students:

A morning sitting will take place in the Zendo on Saturday December 2nd. The sitting begins at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15 in time for first Bell) and ends at 11:30 a.m. Students are reminded to 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.

Jodo-e: December 8th


December 12th is the anniversary of the day on which the Roshi’s Teacher, Ven. Yasuda Joshu Dainen roshi died.


The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Monday, December 11th, which will end at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 15th, 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, December 9th. 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

Joya (New Year’s Celebration)

On Sunday, December 31st at 10 p.m. until Monday, January 1st at 12:00 a.m., we will celebrate Joya or New Year's. Join Zen Master Anzan Hoshin and Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei  and Ven. Jinmyo osho and the monastics of the Northern Mountain Order in ringing in the New Year with 108 recitations of the Mahaprajnaparamita Hridaya sutra mantra. Following the sitting there will be an array of shojin-ryori (Zen vegetarian cuisine) dishes for an informal feast. All students are welcome to attend. There is no better way to begin the year. Dana is $25. Please register by sending an email to schedule at WWZC dot org, or telephone the Zen Centre office (613) 562-1568.


Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Tuesday, November 28th, 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 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.


Recent Teisho

During the November 2017 sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi continued his presentation of the series "The Lineage of Luminosity: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Keizan Jokin zenji's “Denkoroku: Record of the Transmission of Luminosity”: Part Two: The Lineage in China:

Saturday, November 11th: Zhenxie and Silent Illumination

Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Saturday, December 2nd associate and general sitting: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Reading of ‘The Practice of Purity’: “At Home” (2 of 139)
  • Saturday, December 9th general sitting: “The Primordially Awakened Way”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's "Kobutsu-shin": “Buddhas Loose in the World” (2 of 8)

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.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Ian Richard of Ottawa and Claude Schryer of Ottawa, who have been accepted as associate students by the Roshi.

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:

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.

Prison fence

Zazen in Prison

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

"Traps and cages spring open." - Eihei Dogen zenji, Fukanzazengi

Wednesday, November 29th was the last visit to Bath Institution for 2017. As Peter McRae and I pulled out of the monastery drive-way at 8:30 a.m. the day was already beginning to fall into the “gorgeous” category; magnificent cloud scapes from dark purple to brilliant white against a blue and sun filled sky. Five practitioners were waiting for us in the spiritual centre. A catch-up-discussion and quick instruction on how to practice for Nick, the president of an inmate and administration liaison committee, who was joining the group. We chanted the Three Jewels and the Ten Proclamations and without hesitation the practitioners took their seats and the round began. The group had begun to listen to my “Every Breath You Take” Dharma talk series. Time was such I was able to have daisan with three of the practitioners. Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 is the next scheduled visit.


Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

by Shikai Zuiko sensei

Continuing on with “Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary” a limited edition text written by Anzan Hoshin roshi in 1994.

Nyoi (J);   The teacher’s symbolizing transmission. Sometime quite ornately shaped and carved, sometimes just a wizened old branch.

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

Dining Hall at Dainen-ji

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:

Atsuage tofu triangles, white onion, red shepherd bell pepper and poblano pepper, eryngii and shitake mushrooms, stir-fried with Thai red curry paste, roasted shallot paste, rice wine, soy sauce; tamarind soup with mung bean sprouts; Thai jasmine rice cooked with coconut milk; wo sun (lettuce stem) marinated in brine, ngoc mam, mirin, and ponzu.

Tuesday yakuseki:

Chilli con carne: minced beef, pork, and chicken, XXXXX; ziti to mix with the chilli; slaw of jicama, celery root, carrot, white onion, dressed with mayonnaise, Dijon, and lime.

Thursday yakuseki:

Sliced atsuage tofu, Spanish onion, red shepherd bell pepper and poblano pepper, stir-fried with chipotle and adobo; large cremini mushrooms roasted with olive oil and thyme; brown calrose rice with butter and petit pois.

Shikai sensei’s baking:

No-bake vegan Nanaimo bars; oat cakes.

Gassho (bowing monk)

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 Shikai sensei:

Thank you to Dr. Andrea Lobel for inviting me to speak about our Zen practice to her first year religion and spirituality class in the Humanities Program at Carleton University.

From Endai shramon:

Thank you to the Roshi for presenting the teisho series "Sitting Up Straight: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Keizan Jokin zenji's 'Zazen Yojinki'", which is being played at associate sittings on Thursdays. Thank you to Shikai sensei for travelling to the Bath Institution once a month to provide instruction to the members of our Sangha there; and thank you also for delicious baked goods, including vegan Nanaimo bars. Thank you to Jinmyo osho and Saigyo tando for meeting with numerous contractors who are carrying out much-needed repairs and renovations at the monastery. Thank you to Fushin shramon for purchasing supplies for some of the renovations.

From Claude Schryer:

Thank you to Roshi for accepting me as an associate student. I am grateful for the opportunity to deepen my practice at Dainen-ji. Thank you also to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for the instruction during practice interviews leading to my acceptance as an associate student.

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.

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.