eMirror Vol 22, No. 12 (2018-03-23)


Joyo-den at Eihei-ji,
Photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

eMirror Vol 22, No. 12

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


A dark cloud, 
a blue sky, 
a bird's wing.

Bright within the dark,
dark within the bright.

A thought, a touch, a breath
calls out its own mystery. 

More clouds gather
winds blow cooler.

Rain, rain
on the shining streets. 

An iron flute 
with no holes, a solid bar
of iron plays sweetly.

Stones move, water moves, 
eyes move, mind moves.

The student hears the teacher's word,
the teacher hears the student.

Heard, it is found nowhere.
Found nowhere, how is it heard?

What comes when
it comes?
What goes when
it goes?

Walking on the razor's edge
the sweat on the soles of your feet
is your only 
but it also makes
each step 
slide out from under you. 

Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi,
Daijozan, 1986


Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  March 28th, April 18th.

Samu Weekend
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th. Please pencil these dates into your schedule so that you will be able to attend some or all of this weekend of samu practice. 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.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, April 4th, which will end on Sunday, April 8th at 9:30 a.m., 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, April 7th. 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 two-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15th.
On Saturday, April 14th, 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.

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.



Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th. Sarah Goul sat a retreat on Saturday, March 17th. Hannah Kent sat a retreat on Saturday, March 17th.   

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.


Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Monday, March 26th general sitting: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Sobu Kuju” (3 of 12)
  • Thursday, March 29th associate sitting: “Dongshan's Hot and Cold” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Cold” (Dharma Talk 2 of 2)
  • Saturday, March 31st general sitting: “Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “It Becomes You” (teisho 5 of 6)

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.

Charitable Tax Receipts for Dana Contributions

Thank you to all who have offered monthly dana and special gifts over the past year to support the activities of the monastery, maintenance and renovation projects. Charitable tax receipts for donations made during 2017 were mailed out before the end of February. If you have made your donations to WWZC through CanadaHelps.org, you can access your charitable receipt for those donations through your account on the CanadaHelps.org website.

WWZC Website  www.wwzc.org

Newly Posted Recordings for Students

"Surpassing the Teacher", Memorial of Keizan Jokin zenji, by Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi (April 17, 1988, Daijozan). Direct link: https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings/surpassing-teacher

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.



Dharma in Prison

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

On Wednesday, March 21, Peter, Ryoshin, and I, left Dainen-ji for the drive to Bath Institution. The sky was a somewhat foreboding grey at 8:30am in Ottawa. Weather forecasts were checked. No mention of snow. The last return trip from Bath took nearly seven hours because of a storm which had been predicted to be only “flurries”. Wednesday morning we decided it was worth the risk and optimistically departed. There was very little traffic on clear roads and almost empty parking lots at rest stops. Apparently not unusual this time of year. We drove  southwest in the now bright sunlight warming the air and the earth. Some trees were sporting buds and willows were pussy willowing along the way. Dead skeleton trees wore raptor nest ‘hats’ high in their tops. Trees and shrubs were roosts for crows and elephant grass and bare shrubs were jewelled with red wing blackbirds. Several skeins or wedges of Canada geese returning from the south broadcast a message of hope: Spring is here. One  wedge or thread frequently changed the lead, perhaps tired from the long trip or perhaps training the young to navigate. 
        As we arrived there were a number of people checking in at security. Even so we were passed through quite quickly in spite of one of our party having yet to receive her security clearance lanyard with ID. I was surprised upon entering the chapel in the Spiritual Centre; most of the furniture and wall decorations had been removed as part of spring cleaning and painting. Three stalwart practitioners sat zazen and listened to a Dharma talk in my series “Every Breath You Take”. With an attendance of only three I was able to see each man for daisan. One of the practitioners said that since he starting attending the group sitting over a year ago, Wednesday has become the beginning and end of the week for him. All three practitioners expressed gratitude for the instruction and help they have received from the larger Sangha. If anyone would like to donate a box of ‘good’ incense it would be appreciated. Please let me know. We can deliver it on our next visit booked for April 25th. Thank you to Chaplains Sue and Heather and to you for reading this.


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.

Opening the Mountain; Kaizan (J); A transmission ceremony by the teacher of formally opening an altar or practice place.

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

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:
Cavatappi pasta with a tomato sauce (chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped crimini mushrooms, eyengi mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes, passata, cumin, chili flakes, oregano, basil); bok choy seasoned with Parmesan cheese, butter, lots of black pepper; cubed friulano cheese with artichoke hearts, green and black olives with lemon zest. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Roasted pork tenderloin seasoned with chipotle and lime barbecue sauce, lots of garlic, black pepper, bran oil; roasted Yukon gold potatoes; carrots, corn and peas; gravy made with eyengi, porcini, chanterelle and crimini mushrooms, finely chopped celery, chopped onion, condensed beef stock, garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, celery seed, red wine, Dijon mustard, thickened with tapioca flour. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Fried rice (leftover Thai white and brown rice with chopped roasted Yukon gold potatoes, Spanish onions, butter, cumin, chipotle, garlic, garnished with roasted peanuts); Deep-fried tofu triangles braised in buffalo wing sauce with added garlic and butter; gai lan and baby bok choy sauteed with lime juice, butter, lots of black pepper. 


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 Jinmyo osho:
This year will mark the eleventh year since the majority of the residents of Dainen-ji began using Ubuntu/Debian Linux on their computers. Thank you to the Roshi for bringing this change about. It has served us well and has saved the Sangha a great deal of money that would have otherwise been spent on locked-in proprietary software and certificates. Thank you to David Gallant for installing System 76's POP_OS! (a newer Linux desktop environment) on the first of three computers used in the Hojo and Osho-ryo and for sending the eMirror to the subscription list each week. Thank you to the Sensei for dehydrating almond meal (leftover from making almond milk yogurt); and to Endai shramon for finding recipes that make good use of it. Thank you to Mishin ino, Saigyo tando, Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for time spent over the past three weeks sorting and organizing items stored in the attic. Thank you to George Donovan for St. Patrick’s Day cinnamon buns.

From Mishin ino:
Thank you to Anzan Hoshin roshi for the many verses of poetry that he has written, some of which have been appearing in the eMirror. Thank you to David Gallant for the loan of various IT items for my upcoming work-related travel to New Zealand.

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for work to clarify the storage areas of the building over the last few weeks. Thank you to Sarah Goul for regular samu each Sunday afternoon to help the Caretaking Council with projects.

From Fushin shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for several meals prepared each week with enough extra to make very good packed lunches to take to jobs. Thank you to George Donovan for cinnamon rolls and nice craft lager gifted to residents for St-Patrick's day.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan, for meeting with repair technicians for the water heaters, and for overseeing clarification of storage areas at the monastery. Thank you to George Donovan for delicious St. Patrick's day cinnamon buns. 

From Leonardo Nobrega:
Thank you Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for practice interviews last weekend. Thank you Jinmyo osho and Mishin ino for meals. Thank you Shikai sensei for refreshments.

From Sarah Goul:
Thank you to Roshi for empowering my mala.  Thank you to office of the tenzo for delicious meals.  Thank you to both Sensei and Osho for recent daisan and to Ino and Tando for recent practice interviews.  All have been very clarifying and enjoyable.  Thank you to Sensei from Komox for cat toys which she loves. Thank you to Osho for showing me how to use the mala.  Thank you to Fushin Shramon for some tips on using the various features on the different types of drills.  Thank you to Endai Shramon for bringing up the topic of meal leftovers.  Thank you to my sister Jen for making my mala. I am also thankful for the opportunity to sit retreat with others.

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.