eMirror Vol 22, No. 19 (2018-05-11)


Photograph by Dr. Jinen S. Boates, Knowlan Mountain Zazenkai, Wolfville.

eMirror Vol 22, No. 19

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


        I can't afford to pay the sky
        for the use of its clouds
        so now I have no hat

        the blue sky shines
        on my bald head

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

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  May 16th and 30th

Cancelled General Sitting
The Monday, May 14th, 7:30 p.m. general sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.

Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday, May 18th, 7:30 p.m. associate sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.

Sogaku-ki  O-sesshin
The Sogaku-ki O-sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11th, and will end on Friday, May 18th, at noon. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
For associate and general students: On Saturday, May 12th, there will be a sitting in the Zendo which will begin at 9:15 a.m. (First Bell) and will end at 11:30 a.m. Please remain on the first floor. Please note that the Monday evening general sitting is cancelled, as is the Thursday evening associate sitting. The 9:30 a.m. general sitting will take place on Saturday, May 21st.

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.

Fudo ennichi
May 26th is a day traditionally dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. Fuo 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. 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 on Wednesday, May 30th, which will end on Sunday, June 3rd, at 9:30 a.m., when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

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.


Mohamed Zakzouk sat a half-day retreat on Tuesday, May 8th.  

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, May 12th associate and general sitting: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Amusement” (Dharma Talk 5)
  • Saturday, May 19th general sitting: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Wunan, Bunan, Just Do It” (4 of 26)

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.


WWZC Website  www.wwzc.org

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 Day Report

by Ven. Saigyo tando

On Sunday, May 6th we held a day of samu to work primarily in the grounds on spring yard work. The waterfall and stream was thoroughly cleaned of leaves and debris, the hoses set up and the waterfall was started. The snow blower was re-housed and many bags of leaves were collected from the grounds. A great deal of spring cleaning was done in the gardens and the covered balcony was cleaned and tidied. In addition to the work outside, the Hatto and Zendo air-conditioners were installed. Mishin ino completed a day of administration.  

Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing the delicious meal for those who stayed through the day and to Shikai sensei for the lovely refreshments in the afternoon. 

Thank you to the following students for their assistance on the Samu Day. Mishin ino, Fushin shramon, Endai shramon, David Gallant, Sarah Goul, Hannah Kent, Peter McRae, Mohamed Zakzouk, Leonardo Nobrega and Clive Serrao.

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, the 25th of April the schedules trip to Bath Institution and Treatment Centre to meet with the Zen group was different, right from the start. Ryoshin was driving a van on loan from a friend. Ryoshin, a deshi (formal student), had accompanied me to Bath Institution for the first time five years ago. White Wind Zen Community was responding to a request for a Zen teacher from Sr. Regina Lannon, the chaplain at the time. Ryoshin was diagnosed with multiple myeloma shortly after the regular visits started and was unable to continue until recently. Peter McRae volunteered to drive. The 25th was the first time in some four years of driving that Peter had a chance to really see the countryside and inspired by Ryoshin’s spoken phrase “empty trees” wrote:

“Empty trees forming dark intricate shapes against a leaden sky
Swirling air around hints of green-grey, cloudy, foggy, wet, but mild.

        After the two and a half hour trip we turned in to the road to Bath Institution and were greeted by three young, very alert yet relaxed does grazing in a field. The field across the road only a few yards further showcased six more calmly grazing deer and a wild turkey. The wildlife seemed to know they were secure and safe from humans. A practitioner confirmed this telling us the deer will come so close to the perimeter fence you could touch them. 
        All of a sudden. A loud bang. A gunshot? 
        No. The explosion was some sort of air ‘grenade’ to scare seagulls away from their nests on the roof of the prison. The men said the gulls stay away for all of ten minutes before returning to their perches. The turkey and the deer are not alarmed. 
        The chapel at the Centre for Spiritual Development was in disarray as preparation for painting and redecorating the room was underway. I asked the sangha about a man who had been consistent in his practice and was surprised to learn he was out of prison. We wish him the best. The CD playback machine was not available. Zafu and seiza benches were. The seven practitioners, Peter and Ryoshin, sat zazen. I was able to see three students for daisan. A gift of incense from Sarah Goul was delivered to Padre Sue for distribution to the men for their regularly scheduled Wednesday afternoon sitting. May 30th was set as the date for the next visit.



Painted Cakes
(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.

[Correction to last week’s entry, which simply defined “Osho” as “a senior monk”. That definition is from an older version of the text and is too simplified.]

Osho (J): high or venerable monk; derived from the Sanskrit upadhyaya or ordination master; in now sometimes used in Soto-shu for a monastic of ten years full ordination; in WWZC used as short-form for osho-ajari

Osho-ajari (J): in WWZC a Dharma Teacher who has received shiho and is a Dharma-holder of the Lineage; is able to accept deshi (formal students) and present jukai [such as Shikai Zuiko sensei and Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari]

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


Nut yogurt naan by Jinmyo osho

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:
Basmati rice; potato/cauliflower curry with lentils (caramelized onions, Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, green lentils, green peas, freshly ground coriander and cumin, chili powder, garam masala, turmeric); raita (chunks of seeded cucumber, chopped tomatoes, yogurt, black pepper). 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Cavatappi pasta with shrimp and baby green peas in a garlic/aquafaba butter sauce (aquafaba liquid from chickpeas blended with coconut oil, avacado oil and lactic acid); salad of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, radicchio, thinly sliced white onion, radishes, with a white balsamic dressing. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Potato salad (cooked ‘little gem’ new potatoes, chopped celery, radishes, white onion, scallions, chives, capers, small amount of mayonnaise, almond yogurt, lots of black pepper, Dijon mustard, garlic, onion powder, thyme and basil); braised deep-fried tofu (puffed deep-fried tofu cooked in diluted Yeo’s sweet chili sauce with almond yogurt, garlic, butter); ‘shocking greens’ (steamed and shocked baby bokchoy and kale mixed with seared strips of poblano pepper and Spanish onion, with a balsamic dressing). 

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 Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for translating Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness", the Chinese text on which is based the series of teisho to which we are currently listening during general sittings on Monday evenings. Thank you to Shikai sensei for inserting excerpts from “Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary” each week in the eMirror: a great way to learn the meaning of Zen technical terms. Thank you to Saigyo tando for organizing the Samu Day this past Sunday and for meeting with contractors to obtain estimates for various repairs and renovations to Dainen-ji.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for sharing a variety of interesting tech articles with me via Google+.  Thank you to Jinmyo osho for regular daisan.  Thank you to Mishin ino for taking care of an incense bowl for me.  Thank you to Saigyo tando for coordinating last weekend's Samu Day and for help with installing an air conditioner in my office.

From Peter McRae: 
I would like to express my thanks for the opportunity to attend the May introduction to Zen workshop. This was not my idea when I requested a review of the forms in a practice interview but it proved to be very informative and helpful way of showing me how much I had learned and forgotten about some of the basics of Zen practice. Particular thanks to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando whose team approach to providing instruction and demonstration kept things moving and interesting. A very useful and recommended refresher course.

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.