eMirror Vol 23, No. 10 (2019-03-08)


Vulture Peak, where the Buddha is said to have presented the Prajna Paramita sutras, Photograph by Rev. Chiso Tzelnic anagarika
Vulture Peak, where the Buddha is said to have presented the Prajna Paramita sutras,
Photograph by Rev. Chiso Tzelnic anagarika

eMirror Vol 23, No. 10

Friday, March 8th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

The primary and most sensible way of organizing or dividing or sorting through the sutras is the traditional Tripitaka, the Three Baskets, called this because originally the sutras were written on unbound loose palm leaves. The three are: the sutras themselves or discourses, the Vinaya or texts on precepts, the Abhidharma or the analysis of dharmas.

The Twelve Divisions are not a sensible way of organizing the sutras. The main divisions are basically according to the literary form: sutras or discourses in prose, gathas or verses such as the Dhammapada, and geya which are discourses with sections in verse. The other nine divisions describe the kinds of things presented in the sutras: Udana, are spontaneous presentations not prompted by questions. Nidana are on causes and conditions. Avadana, which are parables. Itivrttaka describe past events. Jataka, which tell stories that the Buddha was supposed to have performed in past lives as a bodhisattva. Vaipulya which means “vast and wide” and refers specifically to Mahayana sutras. Adbhuta-dharma are miraculous tales. Finally, Upadesa are “discussions of doctrine” such as the Vinaya. However these are not really separate categories of sutras because most sutras contain most or all of each of these elements.

Why are we talking about this? Oh yes. After quoting from the Daichido-ron Dogen zenji says,

It is not easy to hear of the names of the Twelve Divisions of the sutras. We can only hear about them when the Buddha Dharma is widespread. If the Buddha Dharma is extinct, such Sutras cannot be heard. If the Buddha Dharma has yet to spread, again, they cannot be heard of. Only those who are able to encounter the Buddha and have good roots1 can hear of the Twelve Divisions of the sutras. Once these sutras are heard complete and utter Awakening will soon follow.

The main good thing about being able to hear about the Twelve Divisions is that this means that the Dharma still exists. Since the Dharma exists it is possible for us to practice and embody complete and utter Awakening. And that is good news.

1 Zenkon (kusala-mula)

- Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 7: "The Twelve Divisions", Thursday, February 19, 2004 in the teisho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo. 

Upcoming Events

March  20th.

March Two-day Sesshin
The March two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th. On Saturday, March 9th, 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.

March 21st is the memorial for Keizan Jokin zenji.

Samu Weekend 
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th. 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 soon be writing 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.

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.

Amount raised to date: $9,730

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.

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 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


Covered balcony ceiling showing areas of frequent leaks.
Covered balcony ceiling showing areas of frequent leaks.

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.


Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Wednesday, February 27th at her home in Halifax, Nova-Scotia. Mohamed Zakzouk sat a two and a half-day retreat from the afternoon of Friday, March 1st to the evening of Sunday, March 3rd. Shannon Morphew sat a two-day retreat from the evening of Friday, March 1st to the afternoon of Sunday, March 3rd. Tarik Kaya sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 2nd.

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, March 9th: “Every Breath You Take" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “When They Formally Leave Home” (Dharma Talk 19)
  • Monday, March 11th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Authority and Customs" (10 of 13)
  • Thursday, March 14th: "So Intimate It Cannot Be Personal" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari: "This Time It's Personal” (Dharma Talk 2 of 3)
  • Saturday, March 16th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Trouble" (teisho 4 of 13)

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.

Help Required with Archiving Project

We would like assistance from students to work on an archiving project which has been underway for a number of years. Approximately 100 recordings of teisho and Dharma Talks presented by the Roshi in the late 1980's and early 1990's are still not available to students on our web-site. These were recordings were made on audio cassette. The process for preserving these cassette recordings and making them available to students is as follows:

  • Transfer the cassette recording to a digital format
  • Edit the single digital files from each cassette side to separate the presentations.
  • Clean up the quality of the recording as much as possible using computer software and in the cases of a recording being of very poor playback quality, using the services of a professional audio restoration company.
  • Rename, digitally tag each presentation and add the recording information to the database.
  • Create archive quality master CD copies of the recordings for long term storage including printing all of the CD case inserts and graphics.
  • Upload completed audio files to the WWZC sound-site so that they are available to students to listen to.

This process is extensive and time consuming, requiring at least 4-5 hours of work for each individual recording. The amount of work required for the monastic sangha to complete this project expediently is not possible, so we are asking for help from the rest of the sangha.

A student would be required to offer regular commitment of time, a block two to three hours weekly is ideal but also a commitment every two weeks would work well. Students would be trained in the work they would be doing and so no specific skill set is needed. 

If you are able to assist with this vital project to preserve the Teachings please write to Mishin ino or Saigyo tando or send a message to WWZC.org. Thank you very much.

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.

Sanmei (J) Three Aspects (of koan study).
Richi: knowing the ultimate. Aware Space.
Kikan: devices, skillful means. The machine.
Kojo: Reality Itself.

For a full presentation of the permutations of meanings of these three terms in the context of koan practice refer to Koan: The Real Question, May 1994 O-sesshin.

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


Sliced onion looking like a Bodhidharma face

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
Kala chana dahl (Kala chana (black chickpeas, cumin, chopped Spanish onions, chopped tomatoes, garlic, finely chopped green chilli, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric, pinch of asafoetida, Punjabi garam masala or regular garam masala powder, fresh coriander leaves); baked naan with butter; Thai rice; Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki
Sliced peameal bacon finished on the griddle; triangle buns; green cabbage coleslaw (green cabbage, white onion, mayonnaise, horseradish, Dijon mustard, lime juice. 

Thursday Yakuseki
Thai white and brown rice; bulgogi tofu (cubed deep-fried tofu; Spanish onion, chopped green, orange, red and poblano peppers, bulgogi sauce, garnished with peanuts); gat kimchi (mustard greens kimchi).

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Oat raisin coconut cookies.


Line drawing of hands in gassho

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 Fushin shramon, Peter McRae, Denis Jaillet, and Marc Valade for samu to print and prepare envelopes with charitable tax receipts for mailing. Thank you to Shannon Morphew and Claude Schryer for archiving samu.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi and Jinmyo osho for thrice-weekly shopping trips to purchase food and supplies for the monastery. Thank you to Saigyo tando for meeting with contractors this week. Thank you to Fushin shramon for keeping the calendar on the Dharma board up to date on a daily basis. 

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.