eMirror Vol 22, No. 38 (2018-09-21)


Nehan Butsu at Nanzo-in
Nehan Butsu at Nanzo-in

eMirror Vol 22, No. 38

Friday, September 21st, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Tomorrow morning we will chant the Nehan memorial to commemorate the death of Sakyamuni Buddha. The Records of Eihei, the Eihei Koroku chapter 6 section 5 tells us that on a Nehan long ago Dogen also spoke of this broken ladle.

It says:

"On the anniversary of the Buddha’s death the Master ascended the Teacher’s Seat and said, 'On this day the great Abbot Sakyamuni, the Thus Come One, the founding Master of the Buddha Dharma, died beneath the sala trees at the fortress city Kusinagara. It is now 2,200 years since then. The Buddha said, If you say that the Buddha has died then you are not among my disciples and successors. The same is true if you deny it. Whether you affirm or deny my death you are far from being amongst my disciples and successors.’ So what can we say about it? Aren’t you the same as Sakyamuni Buddha? If so, who is it that he meets? Monks, I ask you. Try to say something about it, I want to hear it. If you can say something then we’ll have something to talk about together.'

After a pause the Master said, 'Having met Sakyamuni Buddha I am one of his disciples and successors. This realm is so vast and beyond concepts that secular and sacred, those outside of the path and those who have committed the five worst crimes as well as shining beings and humans, cannot calculate it. What can be said in this realm? The Generous One said, ‘All beings are Buddha Nature,’ to say something in the realm of secular and sacred. Since the Buddha’s death, all beings have no Buddha Nature. Is this statement secular or sacred? What can be said further than this? Monks, would you like to hear it?

After a pause the Master said, 'An ancient tortoise still makes its nest. An old man looks in a mirror and doesn’t recognize his own face. The true form of it is beyond the realm of the Buddhas. What can be said about the essence of a Zen monk?'

After a pause the Master said, 'Sorry. I’ve looked for this cast away broken ladle from Vulture Peak throughout a billion worlds tonight but even its handle can’t be found.”

Please, this evening, enjoy yourselves.     

- Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding 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 26th, October 10th and 24th.

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. 

Daruma-ki O-sesshin
The Daruma-ki O-sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5th, and will end at noon on Friday, October 12th at noon. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
For associate and general students: Please note that there are no sittings on Monday and Thursday evening during the week of O-sesshin. Instead you may attend a morning sitting on Saturday October 6th. The sitting begins at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15 in time for first Bell) and ends at 11:30 a.m. Students are reminded to remain on the first floor.

A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to meet face to face with preliminary students or to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.

Cancelled Sitting October 8th
The general sitting that would normally take place on the evening of October 8th is cancelled as O-sesshin will be in progress.

Cancelled sitting October 11th
The associate sitting that would normally take place on the evening of October 11th is cancelled as O-sesshin will be in progress. 

Samu Weekend
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th. Please pencil these dates into your schedule so that you will be able to attend some or all of this weekend of samu practice. Saigyo tando will be writing soon to students with more details about the activities taking place over the weekend. To register please send an email to Saigyo tando at saigyo dot cross at gmail.com 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.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Jesse Steinberg of Ottawa who has been accepted as a general student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


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

  • Sunday, September 23rd: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Tasting, Smelling and Seeing Light" (5 of 9) 
  • Monday, September 24th: “All Around and All At Once, part 2” Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari Thursday, September 27th: “All Around and All At Once, part 2” Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
  • Saturday, September 29th: “All Around and All At Once, part 2” Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari

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.

Saijojo (J); Ati (S); Perfect practice, the practise of realization. Of the Goshuzen or Five Styles of Zen as described by Zongmi, the highest.

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


Bok Choy Sliced In Half

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:
Thai white rice mixed with basmati white rice; palak paneer (fresh paneer made with whole milk and lemon juice; caramelized onion, chopped red chilies, chopped cubanelles, garlic and ginger spiced with turmeric, cayenne, garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin, with chopped fresh spinach) topped with fried eggs; tandoori mushrooms (crimini mushrooms roasted in a glaze of tandoori spices mixed with bran oil and a drop of shoyu); 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Roasted pork loin marinated in Korean barbeque sauce, garlic and onion powder, and Dijon mustard; Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice with scallions; coleslaw made from thinly sliced green cabbage, carrots and white onion, seasoned with lime juice, mayonnaise, wasabi and horseradish, salt and black pepper. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Rigatoni pasta with tomato sauce (roasted cherry tomatoes and San Marzano tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, chili flakes and rosemary with fresh oregano and basil); deep fried tofu braised in a chipotle sauce (chipotle, cumin, butter, lots of black pepper); steamed spinach. 


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 Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for the teisho series "Bright Right Through”, which is his commentary on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu", to which we finished listening this past Monday at the general sitting: I learned a tremendous amount from hearing it again. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan and for her work as Tenzo to prepare yakuseki meals on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights and brunch on Sunday as well as meals for students sitting retreats. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for organizing various contractors to do much-needed repairs at Dainen-ji. Thank you to Fushin shramon for responding to students who send their sitting schedules to the monastery.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Tarik Kaya, Rodney Gallant, and Jean-Francois St. Louis for donations towards the roof repair fund.


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.