eMirror Vol 22, No. 24 (2018-06-15)

A Tibetan representation of the wisdom-sword of Monju (Manjusri)

A Tibetan representation of the wisdom-sword of Monju (Manjusri)

eMirror Vol 22, No. 24

Friday, June 15th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


        the wisdom-sword of Monju
        takes no sides

        it cuts
        leaving no trace

        it cuts cutting
        it cuts Monju

        right edge cuts left
        left cuts right

        but leave all this behind
        and cut into THIS!

                    this moment, this sound

        autumn rain falling
        in the midst of darkness

        the sky itself
        this breath

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


Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  June 30th, July 13th and July 27th.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday,  July 4th which will end at 9:30 a.m. on July 8th, 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, July 7th. For more information please see: https://www.wwzc.org/content/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa.
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://www.wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 21st, from 10pm until Sunday,  July 22nd, at 8am. Zen Master Anzan Hoshin will lead the Yaza. Students attending should arrive by first bell at 9:45 p.m. A light breakfast will be served before the end of the Yaza. All students are welcome to attend. Please register soon as is seating will be limited. The suggested dana contribution for Yaza is $30.00. To register, please send an email to schedule@wwzc.org or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at (613) 562-1568.

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.


Louis Radikar began a seven-day retreat on Thursday, June 14th. 

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 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)
  • Sunday, June 17th formal sitting: SAkN “Root Cycle Four” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Always Moving” (teisho 5 of 5)
  • Monday, June 18th 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 21st associate sitting: “Flowers and Worms: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on the Maharahulovada Sutta: “The Functioning of Elements” (teisho 4 of 7)
  • Saturday, June 23rd general sitting: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Opinions and Opening” (8 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.


oryoki set

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.

Meals Prepared During Sesshin

Breakfast: Lo mein with thinly sliced red bell pepper, cubanelle, and poblano peppers, ginger, garlic, roasted scallion paste, chili oil, and shoyu; scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Calrose and arborio rice with toasted sesame seeds; miso shiru with bok choy sum, shitake mushrooms, and silken tofu; takuan (daikon) and gari (ginger) pickles.
Supper: Biryani: basmati brown and white rice mixed with spiced caramelized onions and cubed potatoes (ground cumin, cardamom and coriander, cayenne, turmeric, and garlic); blended butternut, onion and yogurt soup with sauteed leeks and onion and chickpeas, seasoned with turmeric, cardamom, cayenne, and turmeric; raita (spiced yogurt with chopped cucumber and tomato).

Breakfast: Leftover basmati brown and white rice mixed with spiced caramelized onions and cubed potatoes (ground cumin, cardamom and coriander, cayenne, turmeric and garlic); scrambled eggs.
Thai jasmine rice with furikake; seaweed soup (leftover, strained miso shiru, ginger, wakame seaweed, shoyu, mirin, black pepper, chile oil, silken tofu); white Napa cabbage kimchi.

Monday Yakuseki:
Lundberg farms short grain brown rice with peas and butter; deep fried tofu triangles and chopped red bell peppers, Tabasco sauce, butter, garlic fermented in honey, sweet chili sauce; sauteed gai-lan stems and leaves with butter, lime juice, salt and black pepper.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Thai white and brown rice; thinly sliced beef seared with bulgogi sauce, minced garlic, shoyu, roasted chili paste, sliced Spanish onions and shitake mushrooms; white kimchi. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Basmati rice; cauliflower, potato and lentil curry (caramelized red onion, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, minced garlic, tomato puree, almond yogurt, cubed potato, cauliflower florets, and green lentils); raita (yogurt, chopped cucumber and tomato, salt, black pepper, coriander, cumin); sliced Asian pear with lime juice and red chili flakes. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Dairy free oatcakes; almond agar jelly with macerated fresh strawberries; feta biscuits; fresh blueberry yogurt muffins.

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 Jinmyo osho: 
Thank you to the Roshi for teisho presented during the June sesshin, despite his not feeling well; to Mishin ino for extra time spent on administration over the past few weeks and for tending to garlic growing in containers on the flat roof; to Saigyo tando for planting red and white clover in the monastery grounds. 

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for the excellent teisho series "Flowers and Worms", his commentaries on the Maha Rahulovada sutta, currently being played at the Thursday evening associate sittings. Thank you to Shikai sensei for new solar powered lights for the garden. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for helping to clarify my schedule. Thank you to Mishin ino for daily care of the Hatto butsudan (altar) and for keeping track of the necessary assignments at the morning soji and samu periods. Thank you to Fushin shramon for replying to scheduling questions from students and replying to Introduction to Zen Workshop inquiries. Thank you to Endai shramon for overseeing the laundering of kitchen cloths and towels and for picking up bird seed. Thank you to Louis Radikar for taking a load of renovation waste to the municipal dump and to Sarah Goul for regular weekly samu. Thank you to Shannon Morphew for the gift of some new plants for the grounds.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting the next teisho in the series "The Lineage of Luminosity: The Lineage in China", this time on our Lineage Ancestor, Xuedou Zhijian. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading most of the sittings during sesshin this past weekend, for preparing the meals in her role as Tenzo, and for instruction in daisan. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for leading oryoki practice. Thank you to the Tando for his work as shissui to organize quotes from contractors for much-needed renovations/repairs to Dainen-ji. Thank you to Fushin shramon and Senbo for processing the sound files for each teisho presented by the Roshi so that they can be made available to students through our Media Website.

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.