eMirror Vol 22, No. 13 (2018-03-30)


Photograph by David Gallant

eMirror Vol 22, No. 13

Friday, March 30th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


        Going, coming, coming, going.
        Stone, eye, breath, thought.


        Cast your body into the ten directions
        and you penetrate the three times:

        It is the vast expanse of experiences
        that liberates the ten thousand dharmas.

        What can you do?


-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, Daijozan 1986, from the book "The Sky Itself"


Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  April 18th.

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.



Michael Nisch sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, March 25th at his home in Ulm, Germany. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Tuesday, March 27th 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.


Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Saturday, March 31st general sitting: “Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “It Becomes You” (teisho 5 of 6)
  • Sunday, April 1st formal sitting: SAkN “Root Cycle Three” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Expanse” (teisho 6 of 8)
  • Monday, April 2nd general sitting: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “The True Person of No Position” (4 of 12)
  • Thursday, April 5th associate sitting: “Measureless” by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
  • Saturday, April 7th general sitting: “Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Mind is Not Mind” (teisho 6 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 Weekend Report

Over the weekend of Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th we held the first Samu Weeknd of the year. 22 students attended over the two days. The main project during the weekend was the reorganization of the storage areas in the building. Over the previous weeks Jinmyo osho and the residents had worked to sort and clarify the attic, the furnace room, the finishing room and the pantry and during the Samu Weekend this major spring cleaning work continued. Many items that were no longer needed were donated or given away, garbage was removed, items were sorted for disposal at the toxic waste centre and the organization of the storage areas was refined and clarified. As well as this, the third floor the guest room, which is made available to those doing residential training or longer periods of retreat was repainted, as were areas of the trim from the basement to the third floor along the route of the rear staircase. All of the public areas in the monastery were thoroughly cleaned as well during Samu Sunday. 

Thank you to the Roshi and Jinmyo osho for designing and creating the delicious midday meals each day and for the lovely refreshments which were very well received in the afternoons. 

Thank you to the following students who offered samu over the two days to assist with the maintenance, upkeep and improvement of Dainen-ji:   
Fushin shramon, Endai shramon, Senbo, David Gallant, Sarah Goul, Larry Leclaire, Marc Valade, Sophia Stevenson, Tarik Kaya, Chantal Maheu, Denis Jaillet, Matt Broda, Leonardo Nobrega, Hannah Kent, Constantine Tikhonov, Louis Radakir, Laura Stone, Clive Serrao, Kathleen Johnson, Jesse Steinberg and Alex Groarke.

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.

Original Face; Honrai no memmuku (J); That which arises as all that is and yet is no thing at all. Awareness itself. Koan phrase.

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.

Lunch and refreshments served to Samu Weekend participants:

Thai white and brown Jasmine rice cooked with coconut milk; tamarind curry (diced Yukon gold potatoes and butternut squash, poblano, cubanelle and red bell peppers, Spanish onion, sliced deep-fried tofu, chopped scallions, roasted cashews,  red onion, galangal, tamarind, chili, salt, turmeric); pickle of sliced fresh pineapple, apples and Asian pears with lime juice and chili flakes.
Refreshment: Really small naan spread with three kinds of hummus, sprinkled with chopped tomatoes, minced red onion and sliced black olives, topped with mozzarella, broiled before serving. 
Farfalle pasta with a mushroom/tomato sauce (chopped Spanish onion, minced garlic, red wine, passata, Marzano tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, oregano, basil, thyme, lots of black pepper; vegetables sauteed with a balsamic vinegar reduction (sliced Spanish onions, sliced red bell peppers, green cabbage, spinach stalks, gailan stems and leaves, baby bok choy, garlic, balsamic vinegar); pickle of artichoke hearts, black and green olives, baby gherkins, hot pickled peppers, chunks of cucumber, lemon zest, olive oil, lemon juice, lots of black pepper. 
Refreshment: Baguettes sliced on the diagonal with caramelized onions and melted friulano cheese, dusted with smoked paprika, broiled before serving. 

Monday Yakuseki:
Pastichio made with leftover pasta from the Samu Weekend (Farfalle pasta with a mushroom/tomato sauce (chopped Spanish onion, minced garlic, red wine, passata, Marzano tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, oregano, basil, thyme, lots of black pepper) topped with friulano cheese; red cabbage slaw (red cabbage, red onion, chopped scallions, lime juice, Dijon mustard, horseradish, mayonnaise); garlic bread (baguette sliced on the diagonal, brushed with melted butter and minced garlic, broiled. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
White and brown Thai rice cooked in stock made from shrimp shells; shrimp curry (shrimp, red onion, chickpeas, coconut milk, tomato paste, garam masala, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, cayenne, chopped coriander stems, chili powder) served with fresh coriander leaves and roasted peanuts; steamed spinach. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Calrose and arborio rice; deep-fried tofu triangles and sliced scallions sauteed in sesame oil, braised in bulgogi sauce; shitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, baby bok choy, and spinach sauteed with slivered ginger, Memmi, garlic and lime juice.



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 Anzan Hoshin roshi: Thank you to the 22 Samu Weekend participants who worked to clarify the basement, guest room and attic of the monastery. Your willingness to clamber behind furnace pipes, braving cobwebs and decades of dust, repairing, painting, carrying, testing, sorting, storing, reformatting old computers prior to donation, researching printers for our publications, as well as sweeping and washing is greatly appreciated.

From Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to the Roshi for menu design and to the Sensei for refreshment ideas and assistance (much chopping). Thank you to the Sensei for “spring meringues”. 

From Endai shramon: 
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing delicious meals for the Samu Weekend and for the yakuseki meals this week. Thank you to Saigyo tando for organizing the Samu Weekend, which resulted in important cleaning and clarification of many storage areas in the monastery. Thank you to Fushin shramon for taking care of weekly orders of milk, butter and eggs from Cochrane's dairy.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting countless teisho for over 30 years and making them available to students all around the world. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction on chanting this week in daisan.  Thank you to Saigyo tando for his extensive efforts as shissui and for organizing and coordinating the recent Samu Weekend.


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.