eMirror Vol 22, No. 33 (2018-08-17)

Arrangement and photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Arrangement and photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

eMirror Vol 22, No. 33

Friday, August 17th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

     Just because something is called Zen does not mean that it is the same as something else called Zen. Is the funeral industry of the modern Japanese Soto Zen church actually Zen, even though it has nothing to do with zazen? If so, then the word “Zen” can be broad enough to refer to a range of very different things. If not, well, they are still of course able to use the word. People can call anything by any name they wish.
    As to what I refer to as “Zen,” this practice has been known by other names in other cultures and times as for example Dzog-chen and Mahamudra in the Tibetan Buddhist schools, and more recently it is called Vipassana in a revival of practice in the Theravadin school of Southeast Asian Buddhism. Even some elements of some of the Teachings of the Pure Land schools can have much in common with the purpose and practice of Zen.
    But by this I do not mean that these various forms of Teaching are interchangeable. They have each developed their own languages and methods and one cannot take bits and pieces of them and switch hem back and forth. And as well, simply because someone says “Buddha” or “enlightenment” or “rigpa” རིག་པ་ or “komyo” 光明 does not mean that what is meant is identical. So I am not interested in sectarian politics. Nor am I interested in some kind of pan-Buddhist get-together in which we all pull open our robes and compare navels to see who’s an “innie” and who’s an “outie”. Those cords were cut a long time ago. We need to just get on with it and do the practice.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 2: "The Whole Dharma As a Whole," Saturday, February 14, 2004 in the tesho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo. 

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu:  August 29th.

August Sesshin:
The August 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12th. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.

On Saturday, August 11th, 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.

Dharma Assembly
On Saturday, August 25th, Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho will lead a Dharma Assembly which will begin at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15, in time for first Bell) and will end at 9:00 p.m. Dana is $40.00, which includes two meals: lunch and supper. Participants are asked to bring clothing and shoes appropriate for samu practice. To register, please send an email to schedule at wwzc dot org or leave a message on the office answering machine at 562-1568. Dharma Assemblies are open to all students.
Note: The 9:30 a.m. general sitting that would ordinarily take place on August 25th is cancelled owing to the Dharma Assembly.

August 28th is Dogen-ki, the memorial of Eihei Dogen zenji's death.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, August 29th, which will end on Sunday, September 2nd at 9:30 a.m., when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

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, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th. Rodney Gallant sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th at his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Ceri Behar, visiting from his home in Turkey sat a one-day retreat on Sunday, August 5th.

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, August 18th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”: “Satori and Fleurs du Mal" (14 of 26)
  • Sunday, August 19th: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "The Anatomy of Awakening" (1 of 9) 
  • Monday, August 20th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "As Such" (10 of 12)
  • Thursday, August 23rd: "Aligned with the Way": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Hotsu Mujo-shin": "Interpenetration" (4 of 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.

Rohatsu (J) Traditionally the most intensive sesshin of the year which is centred around the enlightenment of Sakyamuni Buddha which is said to have occured on the morning of December 8th in the Japanese tradition.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.

brown egg

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:
Fried rice (Thai white and brown rice with chopped Spanish onion, red bell peppers, scallions, cubed potato, shosheido peppers, garlic, coriander, cardamom, cumin, cayenne and turmeric, caramelized onion;  deep-fried tofu with strips of white onion, poblano, cubanelle and red bell peppers, cooked in a paste made from  red onion, galangal, tamarind, chili, salt, turmeric; chilled melon with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Fish chowder (cubed potatoes, chopped Spanish onion, whole kernel corn, bacon, halibut, cod, and shrimp; savory, garlic, thyme, lots of black pepper; green cabbage slaw (green cabbage, carrots, white onion, mayonnaise, horseradish, lime juice, salt, black pepper, Dijon mustard); baguettes. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Hukkara brown rice, sukoyaka genmai, Nishiki short grain white rice and wild rice); tofu “chicken” (medium firm tofu frozen twice and torn into chunks, dredged in chickpea and rice flour, coated with Vegan egg substitute and then pressed with more chickpea and rice flour mixed with puffed brown rice, seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper); dipping sauce made from minced garlic, minced onion and ginger, Dijon mustard, rice vinegar, sriracha, and sesame oil; baechu kimchi. 


Gassho (palm to palm image)

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 Mishin Ino for help with paperwork pertaining to the donation of my pension to WWZC and the Vow of Perpetual Poverty I have taken; to Endai shramon for patching and touch-up painting in the Osho-ryo; and for the gift of a new dehumidifier for the Hojo. 

Thank you from Mishin ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for posting many news stories from a variety of sources on G+; to Jinmyo osho the opportunity to assist with various Tenzo projects while I've been on holiday from work; to Saigyo tando for help with upgrading my Linux computer to POP!_OS; to Endai shramon for regularly emptying the basement dehumidifiers; to Senbo for setting up media site access for new students.

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for the elegant sho that hangs above the butsudan in my room. Thank you to Shikai sensei for a new rose, planted in the grounds. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for making a large batch of pickled cucumbers. Thank you to Mishin ino for her work as librarian to maintain and organize the recorded Teachings in all their formats. Thank you to Fushin shramon for responding to the Introduction to Zen Workshop emails and to Endai shramon for assisting Jinmyo osho with re-organizing the library on the third floor. Thank you to Leonardo Nobrega for baking carrot cake for residents, to Hannah Kent for samu to clean the public areas of the monastery and to Kathleen Johnson for gardening samu.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for the teisho series "The Lineage of Luminosity", a commentary on Keizan zenji's "Denkoroku", which we heard during sesshin last weekend. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the sittings during sesshin, for instruction on chanting, and for preparing all the meals in her position as Tenzo. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for their work during sesshin as Tenzo-anja (assistant to the Tenzo) and for leading oryoki meals. Thank you to Fushin shramon for filling the positions of jikido and doan during sesshin and at formal, general and associate sittings.

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.