eMirror Vol 22, No. 40 (2018-10-05)


Foggy mountain road - photograph by Ven. Chunen Rampal angya
Photograph by Ven. Chunen Rampal angya

eMirror Vol 22, No. 40

Friday, October 5th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

In this next passage Dogen zenji speaks of “ishin-denshin” 以心伝心 or mind-to-mind Transmission in terms of “isshin” 一心or “One Mind.” This is a term that he rarely uses because people can confuse themselves so readily with their idealized ideas and abstracted and fractured notions of non-duality, mystical Oneness, and so on. The language is just too tainted by the misunderstandings of those who most tend to use it. But Dogen is commenting here on the typical Chan rhetoric that he presented earlier and had attributed to “someone”. He plays with the ideas of “someone” and of “one” in working to speak of the true Transmission of Dharma.

Dogen says,

"Authentic Transmission is authentically Transmitted from someone to someone, and this someone is within the authentic Transmission. Since One Mind is authentically Transmitted to One Mind, there is One Mind in the authentic Transmission. The Supreme Path of One Mind is earth, stones, pebbles and sand. Since earth, stones, pebbles and sand are One Mind then earth, stones, pebbles, and sand are earth, stones, pebbles and sand. If we speak of the authentic Transmission of the Supreme Path of One Mind, we should do so in this way."

The Transmission of the Dharma does not take place in the abstract. It takes place in the heart of this moment, the core of coming and going, the luminosity of Reality itself. This is not removed from day-to-day experience. It is what is present and experienced in each moment of every day. It is Transmitted by someone to someone and this someone is who they are because they have realized who they are within the Transmission. One mind Transmits One Mind to another mind and both are who they are and each are who the other actually is. Earth, stones, pebbles and sand are what they are because they are the turning and shining of that which is Transmitted one-to-one. The Supreme and Unsurpassable Path is not just already here as the stones beneath your feet; it is the rising and falling of this step; it is the foot and leg and hip and back.         
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 3: "Turning and Shining," Sunday, February 15, 2004 in the tesho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo. 

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu:  October 10th and 24th.

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 Steve Price of Dayton, Ohio , who has been accepted as an associate public student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Sarah Goul sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th. Louis Radakir sat a two-day retreat on Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Wednesday, October 3rd 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


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.



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 and brown rice; tofu and peppers in peanut sauce (cubed deep-fried tofu, chopped Spanish onions, poblano peppers, cubanelle peppers, garlic, peanut butter, chili sauce, toasted cumin seeds, popped mustard seeds and ginger); Salad of purple Napa cabbage with thinly sliced red onion, dressed with grapeseed oil, rice vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Calrose and Arborio rice; skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks marinated in sriracha chili sauce, minced garlic, lots of dried basil, lots of black pepper; braised cabbage and peas with Red Boat fish sauce. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Farfalle pasta with mushroom sauce (crimini, white Paris mushrooms and porcini mushrooms, lots of garlic, diced onion, mushroom broth, mushroom shoyu, rosemary, basil, lots of black pepper); garlic green beans (blanched green beans shocked, and then sauteed in bran oil and garlic; friulano cheese with gherkins, lemon juice, lemon zest, black pepper). 

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 Mishin ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for the loan of many books and journals on a wide variety of topics. To Saigyo tando for meeting with contractors who have started repainting some of the wooden molding at the back of building; to Fushin shramon for data entry into Quickbooks of monthly donations; to Don Charette for researching the most suitable digital recording model to replace the now-defective unit we have been using to record teisho and Dharma Talks.

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi for his wonderful teisho series "Without Difficulty”: Commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's “Xinxin Ming: Words on Trusting Awareness” which we are listening to at the Saturday morning general sittings. Thank you to Shikai sensei for baking a lovely fruit tart for residents. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the excellent recent Dharma Assemblies and for her skilled use of leftovers to create new and interesting meals for residents. Thank you to Mishin ino for creating the rota of assignments for participants at the O-sesshin and Sesshin. Thank you to Fushin shramon for his skilled assistance with spreadsheets and to Endai shramon for finding a workable solution to winter green-bin freezing issues which we will try this year. Thank you to Sarah Goul, Denis Jaillet, and Hannah Kent for regular weekly samu on a variety of projects. 

From Louis Radakir:
Thank you to the Roshi and all the monastics at Dainen-ji for their support during my recent 2-day retreat (Oct. 2-3); to the office of the Tenzo for sustaining and delicious meals punctually served 3 times daily; to Jinmyo osho for clarifying daisan and words of encouragement; to Saigyo tando and Mishin ino for pointers during practice interviews as well as regular check-ins to ensure I had everything I needed. Thank you Shikai sensei for refreshing afternoon treats. Thank you to the Tando and the Ino for unfailingly reminding me to continue my practice at the end of each retreat, as I leave the monastery grounds, opening to all that is ... all around, all at once!

From Peter McRae:
Thank you to the Roshi for the treasure house of recorded teisho which address so many aspects of practice and which repay revisiting because new understandings frequently pop out. For example in the series  "Painting Reality" the tenth teisho, "Differences," notes that it is not that there are not differences between long and short etc., it is just that the differences do not make enough of a difference for there to be any separation...Differences are relative and shifting and indicate mutuality. They do not divide but are themselves the presence of the seamless intimacy of reality. This commentary is relevant to much of the current public discussion of issues related to diversity, refugees, immigration etc.

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.