eMirror Vol 22, No. 26 (2018-06-29)

rupa at Knowlan Mountain Zendo

Photograph by Nicolas Senbo Pham-Dinh

eMirror Vol 22, No. 26

Friday, June 29th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

        In the West and all around the world there are now Buddhist temples and Dharma centres in which in various ways people turn away from or toward what the Buddha actually practised and realized and Taught. There might be prayers and blessings; there might be falling into concentration states or falling open into insight; there might be sects and cults; there might be shallow beliefs or deeply held delusions… or open questioning. It is hard to say and hard to tell because this word “Buddhism” can mean so many very different things.
        Traditionally there was no such term as “Buddhism.” Instead one might speak of the Buddha Dharma, the Dharma Taught by the Buddha; or of the “sasana” शासन, the Teachings. Or, in Japanese, of “Bukkyo” 佛經 or 仏經, which literally means “the Buddha’s sutras” but, like the Pali term sasana, means everything associated with establishing, maintaining, extending, and practising what the Buddha Taught.
        There are many sutras in Pali and in Sanskrit, translated into dozens of different languages and dialects. Although all are attributed to the Buddha, we have no way of knowing whether even a single sutra, a single paragraph, a single phrase, actually records anything that the Buddha ever said. There are vast variations in emphasis and intention with some being like a woven straw mat to simply sit upon and others being like gold-threaded brocades to adorn an aristocrat.
        But there is a single thread that runs throughout all of the Bukkyo and this is the possibility of anyone and everyone waking up from the drugged dreams of the three poisonous klesas of passion, aggression, and ignorance and realizing their own true natures.
        Presenting and expressing this possibility is the concern of the sasana, of Bukkyo. Actualizing this possibility through practising it right now and right here is what the Transmission of the robe and the Transmission from mind to mind of the Zen Ancestors is concerned with.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, teisho 1: "Buddha’s Sutras and Sutra-Buddhas," Saturday, January 10, 2004 in the tesho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo. 

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  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.


Endai shramon sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th. Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday,June 24th. Sarah Goul sat a one and a half-day retreat on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.

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 30th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Vast Intimacy Is All That Is” (9 of 26) 
  • Sunday, July 1st: SAkN “Root Cycle Five” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Beyond the Field" (2 of 5)
  • Monday, July 2nd: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "The Final Truth" (4 of 12)
  • Thursday, July 4th: “Flowers and Worms: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on the Maharahulovada Sutta: “Beginning at the Beginning” (teisho 6 of 7)
  • Saturday, July 7th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “Straying Dimming Sinking Rotting Flowering” (10 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


Google Practice Calendar:

The June to December, 2018 Practice Calendar has been posted to the WWZC.org Website. The Direct Link is: https://wwzc.org/online-practice-calendar

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.

prison cells

Prison Dharma

By Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

The 830am sky on the morning of Wednesday, June 27th was overcast, accented with an array of blue grey clouds of differing shapes sizes and density. Peter drove up to Dainen-ji and just as we spoke of waiting for Ryoshin an 835 am email let us know she was ill and wouldn’t be  coming. Thus informed we set out for the almost monthly visit to the Bath Institution practitioners.
        The highway in shades dark to light to dark grey was set in myriad hues of luscious greens in trees, grasses accented with blue and purple and yellow flowers. The bright green lines of recently planted crops were vivid against black earth in farmers’ fields. We wound through the Ontario countryside and after two and a half hours we arrived in the town of Bath and the rain started. The downpour lasted all through the time we were with the practitioners in the Spiritual Centre and continued during the whole return trip, stopping just a few miles outside Ottawa.
        As always there were differences and surprises at Bath Institution. The Chapel where the Zen Buddhist group meets greeted us with walls bare of everything except the colour of the paint and the waiting students. A refurbishing is underway and the sangha has continued to meet regardless of the changing environment. Padre Sue met with all of us and explained the new more complete and useful policy for incense distribution and use she has put in place. She dispensed incense to each man enough for a week of ‘home’ practice as well as for the sangha sitting. The men expressed gratitude for the three boxes of incense which had been donated by Zen Centre students Sarah and Gillian. 
        They also asked us to thank the Roshi, Jinmyo osho and the Ino for a number of hard copies of past eMirrors and a new copy of the flawed CD “Every Breath You Take” #19 which was only partially played during the last visit because of some technical glitches. Scott mentioned that in addition to the content which makes them feel in touch with and part of the sangha of students, the coloured and black and white photographs and artwork in the eMirror, back numbers of which were printed and collated by Fushin shramon, have been inspiration for the men.
        As we had arrived at Bath Institution security and been passed through to the Spiritual Centre easily and without delay there was time enough for daisan with all three of the practitioners. Our long distance program is becoming of increasing interest to the men as thoughts of possible changes of location surface.
        Wednesday, August 1st is scheduled 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.

PRAJNA (S); Hannya or E or Chie (J) Wisdom or Perfect Knowing.
“Jna” means knowing and “pra” means higher or traanscendent. In Zen used 
to mean Awakening. In the Zen Community often translated as “radical insight” or “perfect knowing” because it is the direct experience of the Awakened Nature and so shatters the terms and reference points of self-image.

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:
Frittata (leftover lo mein noodles with strips of Spanish onion, red, cubanelle and poblano peppers, garlic, shoyu, hoisin sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, eggs); corn soup (white onion, pureed and whole corn, shaoshing, shoyu, ginger, chopped scallions; baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Chicken wings (chicken wings roasted with buffalo wing sauce, chipotle adobo barbeque sauce, garlic, salt and black pepper); coleslaw (thinly sliced green cabbage, white onion, carrots, seasoned with mayonnaise, lime juice, horseradish, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper); baguettes.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (calrose short-grain white rice, arborio rice, basmati white rice garnished with furikake); sliced deep-fried tofu with seared cubanelle and red bell peppers, chopped scallions, garlic, shoyu, white balsamic vinegar); sauteed crimini, shitake and eryngii mushrooms; strips of daikon salted and then rinsed, seasoned with Korean pepper flakes, rice vinegar, turbinado sugar, salt and black pepper; monastery-made dongchimi (daikon kimchi). 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Strawberry shortcake with yogurt and whipped cream; rhubarb and strawberry cake; ripe plantain coconut 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 Mishin ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting thousands of Teachings, translations, and commentaries that make the Dharma over the past 2,600 years available for students practising now, and for the humour and laughter in teisho and during chasen; to the Sensei for regularly travelling to Bath Institute to teach the Bath Sangha, and for making spicy pickled eggs; to Jinmyo osho for overseeing the re-organization of books in the 3rd floor common room library, for delicious lo mein frittata prepared for Monday yakuseki, and for helping me with pinning the henzan I am sewing; to Saigyo tando for looking after the orchids and air plants brightening the counter in the dining hall and creating a list of supplies needed prior to weekly grocery shopping ; to Fushin shramon for cleaning and preparing candle holders for use in the Hatto and picking up fish food; to Endai shramon for taking care of “lock up” each evening to ensure the building is secure and for watering various areas of the grounds; to David Gallant for managing the MailChimp interface so that the eMirror is published and circulated every Friday.

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for interesting and informative news articles. Thank you to Shikai sensei for design ideas for the grounds and for delicious rhubarb and strawberry cake. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for clarifying the forms used in the practice halls and for re-organizing all of the spices and herbs in the kuin (monastery kitchen). Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for administration to assist Mishin ino each week. Thank you to Hannah Kent for watering the grounds. Thank you to Denis Jaillet for clearing the hedge border of weeds and for commiting to a weekly period of samu. Thank you to Sarah Goul for assisting with re-hanging the basement stairs handrail.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting the teisho series "Bright Right Through" to which we are listening at the general sittings on Monday nights, and which is his commentary on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu", a chapter of the "Shobogenzo".  Thank you to Jinmyo osho for making kimchi with the assistance of Mishin ino and Saigyo tando, which is served at the many meals she prepares as Tenzo. Thank you to Mishin ino for assigning soji tasks at the soji meeting at 5:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m. on Sundays) to prepare for the morning formal sitting. Thank you to Jinen for the photos of the rupa at Knowlan Mountain Zendo in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, one of which was in last week's eMirror. 

From Chantal Maheu:
Thank you to Fushin shramon for replying to my scheduling emails and to Mishin ino for helpful practice interviews.

From Louis Radakir:
Thank you to the Roshi and monastics at Dainen-ji for all their support during my recent seven-day retreat. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for clarifying daisan and delicious meals served on time every day; thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for their work within the office of the Tenzo. Thank you to Shikai sensei for daisan, delightful refreshment treats and a muscle balm for neck stiffness (which worked almost instantly!). A special thank you to Fushin shramon for the stylish and elegant calligraphy used for date numbering on the hallway weekly calendar ... notable for its interesting use of differently sized digits. Thank you to the Roshi for the teisho series "Round and Bright" to which I'm currently listening.

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.