eMirror Vol 22, No. 36 (2018-09-07)


Black & white electric fan with shadows, photograph by Frank Tettsu Woods, Harrow Zazenkai, UK

Photograph by Frank Tettsu Woods, Harrow Zazenkai, UK

eMirror Vol 22, No. 36

Friday, September 7th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Dogen zenji says,

"How is it possible for Buddhas and Ancestors who Transmit one-to-one the Buddha’s Eye and Treasury of the Complete Teachings to fail to Transmit the Buddha’s sutras? Moreover, why would Old Man Sakyamuni present sutras that are useless in the every day conduct of the Buddha’s students? The Old Man Sakyamuni’s intention was always to present sutras that were to be Transmitted intimately so what Awakened Ancestor would try to destroy them? The Supreme Path of One Mind is not other than the Three Paths and Twelve Divisions of the sutras, and is the treasuries of the Hinayana and Mahayana."

And so he asks, “Why would the Buddha have presented the sutras if they had nothing to do with how his students should conduct themselves in practising the Way?” It is ridiculous to think that the Buddha’s forty years of presenting the Dharma was a sham and that only Mahakasyapa had received any Teaching. Mahakasyapa is regarded in the tradition as the authentic heir of Sakyamuni Buddha and as the guardian of the Complete Teachings. But this includes the sutras and does not exclude them. This is a point that Dogen zenji will address explicitly later in the text and so we will consider it further when we come to it. The point here is that the sutras cannot really be understood in the abstract but must be understood intimately in the practice that occurs between Teachers and students.

-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: September 12th and 26th.

September Two-day Sesshin
The September 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,  September 9th. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.

On Saturday, September 8th, 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, September 22nd, 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 September 22nd is cancelled owing to the Dharma Assembly.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, September 26th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 30th, 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.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Mario Delisle of Val-des-Monts, Quebec, who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Elizabeth Eve, visiting from her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sat a five-day retreat from Sunday, September 2nd to Friday, September 7th. Beth Beurkle sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, September 5th at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick.

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.

Fundraising for roof repair

Fundraising goal: The estimates we have received for this roof work total $30,653.63 for replacement of all three roofs. We hope to engage the contractor to do the work in spring 2019, but this will depend on whether sufficient funds have been collected.

Three roofs at Dainen-ji are in need of replacement in the next twelve months: the roof of the Osho-ryo at the rear of the building, and the roofs of the bay windows in the first floor library and the covered balcony on the west side.

The roof above the Osho-ryo is currently covered in tar and gravel, an old roofing system that is in need of replacement with a modern membrane. UV light has (dried and) damaged quite a bit of the tar, especially at the edges of the roof, creating a danger of leaks. A leak into the Osho-ryo via the chimney flashing was patched recently. Due to sagging of the roof structure over time, water is pooling in a low spot that is no longer draining properly. This will be remedied with the installation of a new membrane. The old flashing has pulled away from the building and has been repaired many times, as you can see from the photos. Old wires and other fittings need to be removed safely or secured properly.

osho-ryo roof

Detail of Osho-ryo roof showing flashing in poor repair,
unsecured wires, and the deterioration of the old tar and gravel covering


Detail of Osho-ryo roof showing failing flashing and past patching; green is moss growing on gravel roof surface

Detail of Osho-ryo roof showing failing flashing
and past patching; green is moss growing on gravel roof surface


The roofs of the bay window of the first-floor library and the covered balcony are made of metal and are very old. They are rusty, and the leaking joints and flashing have been patched with tar many times over the years. These roofs will be replaced with modern shingles or a membrane as suitable. Both roofs have sprouted leaks numerous times in recent years, damaging materials for the suiseki arrangements stored there and putting books and other materials at risk in the first floor library.

Roof of covered balcony on west side of building showing rusting metal surface and patched seams

Roof of covered balcony on west side of building
showing rusting metal surface and patched seams


Roof of first-floor library bay window showing past patching and rusting metal surface

Roof of first-floor library bay window showing past patching and rusting metal surface



Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Saturday, September 8th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Ascending a Balcony” (Dharma Talk 9)
  • Monday, September 10th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Each Drop (continued)" (11 of 12)
  • Thursday, September 13th: “The Four Great Vows” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Endless Obsessions" (Talk 2 of 4)
  • Saturday, September 15th: “Without Difficulty”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness”:  “A Single Suchness" (15 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.



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.

Rupa (S) “Form”. Also used to refer to a statue of a Buddhist figure.

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

sugar snaps

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:
Garlic potato/rice dish (leftover calrose rice, sauteed new potatoes, lots of minced garlic, chopped Spanish onion, scallions, ginger); crispy tofu (medium firm tofu coated in vegan ‘egg wash’ and then coated with a mixture of chickpea and rice flour with toasted brown rice, seasoned with garlic and onion powder, black pepper and salt and deep-fried to a golden brown); monastery-made banh-mi pickle with steamed beansprouts, seasoned with lime juice, mirin, toasted sesame seeds and garlic honey.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Split pea soup (green split peas, chopped Russet potatoes, diced carrots, minced garlic, thyme, savory, white wine, Dijon mustard); oven roasted peameal bacon finished on the griddle; baguettes; tomato salad (sliced vine-ripened tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, black pepper, olive oil, red balsamic vinegar; vegetarian option: two kinds of hummus, jalapeno cream cheese, sliced friulano cheese.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Large pasta shells with a roasted grape tomato sauce (grape tomatoes, chopped onion, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, oregano; sauteed greens (mustard greens and baby bok choy with parmesan cheese); olives and artichoke hearts.

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Olde Fashioned (butter & sugar) oat raisin cookies; dairy free oatcakes.


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 Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for advice on setting up the new operating system on my computer. Thank you to Shikai sensei for regularly receiving the mail for the monastery and making sure it goes to the recipients. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for making excellent emergency long burning candles. Thank you to Mishin ino for preparing the Sunday meals for residents. Thank you to Fushin shramon for preparing the candles for the Practice Halls and to Endai shramon for overseeing the kitchen and cleaning cloth laundry. Thank you to Sarah Goul and Hannah Kent for regular weekly samu and to Shannon Morphew for the walking onion plants which are growing successfully near the car parking area.

Thank you from Mishin ino:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for research into emergency preparedness supplies that would be useful for the monastery should the need arise. Thank you to Saigyo tando for looking after registration and arrangements for students sitting retreats.

From Endai shramon:
On the first Saturday of every month an Introductory Workshop is held at Dainen-ji. Thank you to the Roshi for designing this program and to Jinmyo osho for providing instruction in delivering it. Thank you to Mishin Ino and Saigyo Tando for leading the workshop. I am grateful to be able to attend each month as a participant.

From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to all the monastics for holding the recent Dharma Assembly and offering this opportunity to deepen our practice. Thanks to Jinmyo osho for presenting the inspiring Dharma Talk "All Around, All At Once". Ongoing thanks to our practice advisors for helping to keep us on the right path and for your patience.

From Michael Nisch:
Thank you and deep gassho to Anzan Roshi for accepting me as a general student!
    this one bright jewel
    displays itself just so
    the means to see it
    you provide so generously
    full of awe
    gratitude goes back a long way

Thank you and deep gassho to Mishin ino for the previous practice interviews and instructions!

Thank you from the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Isshin for a generous donation towards building maintenance. Thank you to Michael Giles for a donation.


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.