eMirror Vol 22, No. 21 (2018-05-25)


Bodhidharma zenga by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 22, No. 21

Friday, May 25th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


        This sleazy old fart
        travelled from India to China
        just to wash dirt with mud.
        "Nothing holy; vast emptiness."


        Now he sits across the room from you.
        His stink fills the room.
        He just won't go away.

        "What is it?"

        The only way to kick this panhandler out
        is to lock eyebrows with him
        and outstink him.


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

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  May 30th, June 13th and June 27th

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.

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, June 2nd. 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

June 7th is a day traditionally dedicated to Manjusri, a reminder of prajnaparamita.

June Two-day Sesshin
The June two-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th.
On Saturday, June 9th, 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.


Rodney Gallant sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th at his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th. Louis Radakir began a three-day retreat on Thursday, May 24th which concludes on the evening of Saturday, May 26th. 

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 26th general sitting: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Not For or Against” (5 of 26)
  • Sunday, May 27th formal sitting: SAkN “Root Cycle Four” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Introduction to Finite and Infinite Motion” (teisho 3 of 5)
  • Monday, May 28th general sitting: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Sunflower” (11 of 12)
  • Thursday, May 31st associate sitting: “Flowers and Worms: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on the Maharahulovada Sutta: “Introduction: Falling Flowers and Reading of the Sutta” (teisho 1 of 7)
  • Saturday, June 2nd general sitting: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Ideas of Emptiness and Oneness (6 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.


Congratulations and deep gassho to recently accepted general students: Sarah Goul of Ottawa and Claude Schryer of Ottawa. Congratulations and deep gassho to recently accepted associate students: Francois Roberge of Chelsea, Quebec, Mohamed Zakzouk of Ottawa, and Robin Whitehead of Ottawa.

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 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.


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.

Pi-k’uan (C) ; menpeki (J) ”Wall-gazing.” This term for zazen carries implications concerning Bodhidharma’s nine years of zazen in the cave near Shao-lin-ssu.

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:
Kimchi rice (leftover calrose rice mixed with baechu kimchi); dai gai choy soup (chopped dai gai choy stems and leaves, white onion, celery, ginger, shoyu, shaoshing, garlic, bean sprouts, sliced deep-fried tofu. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Fish chowder (halibut and sole fillets, shrimp, clam juice, Spanish onion, corn, chopped bacon, chopped Yukon gold potatoes, leeks, celery, carrots, fermented shrimp paste, bay leaves, cumin, thyme, basil, cayenne pepper); cole slaw (finely sliced green cabbage and white onion, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lime juice, horseradish, salt, black pepper); white and whole wheat baguettes; white kimchi. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Calrose and arborio rice with gomasio; carrot dashi (cooked, pureed carrots, shoyu, ginger, lime juice, cooked with dried shitake mushrooms and kombu, both of which were removed before serving; sauteed cubanelle, poblano and red bell peppers with deep fried tofu and thick carrot batonettes, seasoned with chili sauce, ginger and chopped scallion; pickle of braised daikon (three-inch thick daikon rounds slow cooked in braising liquid made of dashi with reconstituted shitake mushrooms).  

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Traditional oatmeal raisin cookies; black bean brownies.

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 the vast library of recorded teisho available to students through the WWZC media site, and to Shikai sensei and Jinmyo osho for the recorded Dharma Talks that they have contributed to the site: they are all valuable resources for the transmission of the Dharma. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan and for meeting with various contractors to obtain estimates for much-needed repairs and improvements to Dainen-ji.

From Isshin:
Thank you to the Roshi for teisho on Keizan Jokin zenji’s Denkoroku Record of the Transmission of Luminosity during the recent Sogaku-Ki O-sesshin; Shikai sensei for tasty refreshments every afternoon during O-sesshin and for loaning me an arm sling which relieved the stress on my right shoulder/back; Jinmyo osho for leading O-sesshin, leading the nightly Vow of Samanthabadra, and for nutritious and flavourable meals; Mishin ino and the Tando for leading oryoki and kata; Mishin ino and Chiso anagarika for helping me sort out the arm sling so it fit comfortably; Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for facilitating kitchen duties; Endai shramon and Senbo for organizing afternoon refreshments and clean up; to the monks and students for the obvious and behind the scenes tasks you preformed so the Sogaku-Ki O-sesshin ran smoothly.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to the Roshi for creating a wonderfully rich environment for practice.  Thank you to the Roshi for many teisho presented on Keizan Jokin zenji's "Denkoroku: Record of the Transmission of Luminosity". Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the recent Sogaku-ki O-sesshin, for preparing many lovely and nutritious meals during O-sesshin, and for daisan at just the right moment this week. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for leading oryoki and kata practice during Sogaku-ki O-sesshin and for leading kata practice each week.   Thank you to Saigyo tando for helpful instruction on the control of cleaning cloths during soji and while cleaning the back stairs.  Thank you to Senbo for taking care of the eMirror send out process next week when I am away.

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.