eMirror Vol 22, No. 22 (2018-06-01)

Sakyamuni Descends the Mountain (digital painting)

Sakyamuni descends the Mountain,
Digital painting by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, 1990s

eMirror Vol 22, No. 22

Friday, June 1st, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Sakyamuni descends the mountain.

What goes up
comes down.

Step by step his bony feet
carry him over the edge
beyond all footholds.

From the top of the hundred foot pole
to the bottom of the junk heap
there is no other place.

Just take this step.

Leave no footprints
and you can come and go freely.

- Rohatsu 1986

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

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  June 13th and June 27th

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 concluded on the evening of Saturday, May 26th; Chunen angya, Mark hugo and Brian Lakeman sat a partial  retreat on Sunday, May 27th from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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, 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)
  • Sunday, June 3rd formal sitting: SAkN “Root Cycle Four” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Tantra is Unnecessary” (teisho 4 of 5)
  • Monday, June 4th general sitting: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Hidden, Not Hidden” (12 of 12)
  • Thursday, June 7th associate sitting: “Flowers and Worms: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on the Maharahulovada Sutta: “The Elements of Bodymind” (teisho 2 of 7)
  • Saturday, June 9th associate and general sitting: Associate and general sitting:  “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “In the Rooms of Palaces” (Dharma Talk 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.

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.


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.


shocking greens finished.jpg

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:
Frittata made with leftover pasta (cavatappi, roasted grape tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, tomato juice, eggs, grated friulano, mozzarella and extra-old cheddar); soup made from shocked bok choy and gai lan, sauteed Spanish onion and red bell peppers, seasoned with garlic honey, lime juice, thyme, basil, lots of black pepper; sliced eryingi and crimini mushrooms sauteed with hot chili sauce.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Steamed Basmati rice; Madras beef curry (ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, chilli powder, garlic, grated ginger, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato paste, beef stock, stewing beef); raita (

Thursday Yakuseki:
Calrose rice cooked with amazake; miso shiru with reconstituted shitake mushrooms, baby bok choy and silken tofu; takuan and ginger.

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Savoury cookies with caramelized red onion, roasted peanut savoury cookies;

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 Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for always excellent reading suggestions. Thank you to Shikai sensei for her regular visits to teach inmates at the Bath Institution how to practice and to Jinmyo osho for excellent giardiniere pickles used in residents meals. Thank you to Mishin ino for planting various herbs in the garden to use in the meals. Thank you to Endai shramon for picking up supplies for projects and for doing monastery lock-up each evening. Thank you to Leonardo Nobrega for watering during the recent dry spell and to Fushin shramon, Sarah Goul, Mohamed Zakzouk and Clive Serrao for samu on Sunday afternoon to work on various projects in the grounds. Thank you to Shannon Morphew for gardening samu and for a weekly commitment to assist with the work required.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for making the Hojo library available to residents. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan on many aspects of practice and for leading Fusatsu (Chanting of the Precepts) this past Wednesday. Thank you to Mishin ino for overseeing the processing of dana (donations) from students as part of her duties as treasurer. Thank you to Saigyo tando for organizing and overseeing samu (caretaking practice), especially on Sunday afternoons.


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.