eMirror Vol 22, No. 23 (2018-06-08)

Photograph by Ven. Saigyo Cross tando

Photograph by Ven. Saigyo Cross tando

eMirror Vol 22, No. 23

Friday, June 8th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

        Don't let go
        don't hold on.

        Without centre,
        without fringe
        and all at once.

        The Buddhas of the ten directions
        are only here and now.

        When your mind is clear
        where has delusion gone?

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

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  June 13th and June 27th

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.


Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Wednesday May 30th, at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick. John Weir sat a half-day retreat on Monday, June 4th. Peter McRae sat a half-day retreat on Wednesday, June 6th. Marc Valade sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, June 7th. Mohamed Zakzouk sat a partial retreat on Friday, June 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, 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)
  • Monday, June 11th general sitting: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": Reading of the text (1 of 12)
  • Thursday, June 14th associate sitting: “Flowers and Worms: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on the Maharahulovada Sutta: “The Worm” (teisho 3 of 7)
  • Saturday, June 16th general sitting: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Don’t Swerve” (7 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


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.


sign for Millhaven and Bath Institutions

Prison Dharma

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Wednesday, May 30th 2018 was a potpourri of serendipitous weather. We left Dainen-ji expecting, as we were told on the radio, perhaps warm weather, or maybe cooler weather, sunny-when it is, “forecast calls for” clear or overcast sky, rain and wind. 
        Red winged blackbirds were in mating season and, as the CBC news radio report said in both Ottawa and Toronto, passersby need be careful as they may get “buzzed” or dived-bombed by aggressive suitors protecting territory. I witnessed a gang of four or five red winged blackbirds drive off a huge crow the body mass of whom was larger than all the blackbirds together.
        Once again security clearance was different and increasingly smooth for which we’re grateful. Arriving at the Spiritual Centre we found that various activities and appointments meant that only two of the Bath students were present for the full two hours. “What would happen if there was only one person left practising?” I reminded them if only one person were practising at Bath Institution we would still travel or digitally be available to teach that one person. Anyone who may leave Bath Institution can contact us and we can look into training at a distance.
        Alignment was discussed briefly and the effectiveness of practising with alignment of body, breath, speech, and mind was evident in the improved quality of volume and resonance of the opening chants. This week’s Dharma talk was “Every Breath You Take #19”. The CD has some technical problems near the end of the playback with resultant distortion resulting in a mechanical “stuttering”. Fortunately it was only fifteen minutes long. Two students were both able to have daisan. The next visit was scheduled for June 27th.
        As we walked to the car a fairly strong wind was blowing skirring clouds across the sky as well as blowing our coats across our faces. As on the drive from Ottawa to Bath the traffic and the number of vehicles at rest stops were less than we had seen in some time. We arrived back at Dainen-ji in good time having been impeded only slightly by one area of construction disruption.


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.

Practice advisor: (from the Japanese term "kyoshi", meaning "one teaching based upon the sutras" so one who teaches upon what has been established): A monastic or laymonk authorized by the Teacher on the basis of their own practice, training, sincerity, and commitment in giving beginning and foundational zazen instruction to associate, general, or public students within the White Wind Zen Community. Becoming a practice advisor is a phase of training through which a student can eventually receive shiho and become a Dharma Teacher and then Zen Master.

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:
Penne pasta with a garlic-butter sauce (butter, garlic, white onion, lime juice, Parmesan cheese, small amount of cream); deep-fried tofu braised in tomato sauce (tomato paste, oregano, black pepper, garlic, cumin); sauteed bok choy and gai lan; pickle of jardiniere (mixed vegetables pickled in brine) with cubed friulano cheese.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Roasted chicken thighs and legs seasoned with tamarind, chili, salt, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, lots of black pepper; mushroom rice (Thai rice mixed with sauteed eryingi and shitake mushrooms and Spanish onion); seared peppers (strips of cubanelle, poblano, and red bell pepper). 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice seasoned with sesame oil; deep-fried tofu triangles and strips of red bell pepper, cubanelle and poblano peppers, seasoned with shoyu, mirin, shaoshing, ginger; sauteed gai lan with peanuts; white kimchi. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
NOM NOMS balls made with dates, figs, prunes, cashews, steel cut oats, coconut, goji berries, vanilla honey; Queen Elizabeth Cake.

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 teisho series to which we are listening at the associate sitting, "Flowers and Worms", which is his commentary on the Maharahulovada Sutta. Thank you to Shikai sensei for delicious refreshments. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing yakuseki meals on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday brunch in her function as Tenzo,  and for instruction on clarifying my room. Thank you to Mishin ino for the additional work she performs as treasurer at this time of year.

From the Office of the Treasurer: 
Thank you to Chunen angya and Endai shramon for recent gifts of dana.

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.