eMirror Vol 23, No. 11 (2019-03-15)


The Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra

eMirror Vol 23, No. 11

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Dogen continues,

Each of these twelve may be called “sutras”. They are called “the Twelve Divisions of the Teachings” and “the Twelve Parts of the sutras.” Each of the Twelve Divisions contains all the others; consequently, we have one hundred and forty-four divisions of sutras. Since the Twelve Divisions of the sutras involve all the others, each one, there is really only One Division. Also, they are numberless whether you count below one hundred million or above one hundred million. Each one of them are the Eye of Awakened Ancestors, the bones and marrow of Awakened Ancestors, the everyday activity of Awakened Ancestors, the radiance of Awakened Ancestors, the adornments of Awakened Ancestors, and the realm of Awakened Ancestors. When you meet the Twelve Divisions of the sutras you meet the Buddhas and Ancestors. When you can grasp the Buddhas and Ancestors you can comprehend all the Twelve Divisions of the sutras.

It does not really matter if we divide the sutras into twelve or one hundred and forty-four or more or less than one hundred million. The sole purpose of a sutra that is a sutra is to make the Dharma available so that it can be practised and actualized.

When the Dharma is available in the world then mountains and rivers can be sutras, the world can be a sutra, you can be a sutra. The practice of kinhin means “walking the sutras” and if you are actually practising each step then each step is a sutra of the Buddha. So this teisho is a sutra, the lectern is a sutra, the recording equipment is a sutra, the voice is a sutra, each word is a sutra and the hearing is a sutra. How many sutras are that now? Each hair in your ears is a sutra and that itch is a sutra as well. But not if you focus on the itch and become obsessed with it or break your zazen posture and scratch it. It is only a sutra if it is seen or said or done or experienced within the practice of whole bodily mindfulness.
-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, April 3rd and 17th.

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.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, April 3rd, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana. 

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th. For more information please see:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Hanamatsuri Two-day Sesshin
The Hanamatsuri (Festival of Flowers) two-day sesshin begins on Friday, April 12th at 8:00 p.m., and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th. On Saturday, April 13th, 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.

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.


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 16th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Trouble" (4 of 13)
  • Monday, March 18th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "The Place the Three Jewels Shine" (11 of 13) 
  • Thursday, March 21st: "The Meaning of Mindfulness" by 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.

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.



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.

The following meals were prepared for sesshin participants over the weekend:

Chow mein noodles (spanish onion, jalapeno, poblano, red bell pepper, garlic, ginger, bulgogi sauce, shoyu, chile oil, white pepper) with scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Mixed grain (calrose and arborio rice), miso shiru (kombu seaweed, rehydrated shitake mushrooms, ginger, miso, shoyu, mirin, rice vinegar, shanghai bok choy, silken tofu), takuan and gari pickles.
Supper: Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice with butter and baby green peas; butternut squash soup (blended onion and butternut squash, thyme, savory, onion powder, garlic powder, added sauteed onions and white kidney beans, a small amount of cream); friulano cheese cut into cubes with sliced sweet gherkins garnished with lemon zest.
The following meals were prepared for residents prior to the evening sittings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Monday Yakuseki:
Biryani (leftover Thai, basmati and calrose rice mixed with sauteed cubed potatoes, caramelized onion, carrots, garam masala; curried daikon (daikon sliced ¼ inch thick, ajwain / carom seeds, hing (asafoetida powder, Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin, dry mango powder); curried meinjin with peppers (wheat gluten, cubanelle and yellow shepherd bell peppers cut into chunks, strips of red onion, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chili powder, lime juice and coconut milk); steamed bok choy with lime juice. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Thick pork loin chops seared and then finished in the oven, seasoned with garlic, onion powder, mustard powder, bran oil, BBQ sauce, lots of black pepper; roasted Yukon gold potatoes;  roasted carrots seasoned with garlic, lots of black pepper, balsamic vinegar glaze and red wine vinegar; mushroom gravy (roux, finely chopped red onion, crimini mushrooms, mushroom stock, shoyu, thyme, savory, worcestershire sauce). 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Calrose and arborio rice; chunks of semi-firm tofu sauteed in bran and sesame oil, and then mixed with seared daikon, chunks of white onion, poblano peppers and sliced shitake mushrooms in a sauce made from minced ginger, scallions, garlic, chili-garlic sauce, black vinegar, shoyu and a pinch of brown sugar; sprout salad (soil sprouts grown in the monastery - radish, sunflower, broccoli, pea shoots and grated carrot dressed with white balsamic vinegar and grapeseed oil). 

Baking by Shikai sensei: 
Oat date cookies; date, oat, cocoa, energy balls; date squares.


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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 Shikai Zuiko sensei:
Thank you to Elizabeth Eve and Sarah Goul for proofreading the second printing of “Freedom and Tyranny”.

From Mishin ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for overseeing the practice of all students in the Sangha. Thank you to Shikai sensei for great oatcakes and feta biscuits baked for sesshin refreshment.  Jinmyo osho for leading the March sesshin, and for beginning a system to grow fresh monastery sprouts year-round, which already produced a delicious salad for Thursday yakuseki. Thank you to David Gallant for IT troubleshooting and loaning me a computer and monitor to use when my computer died. 

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting the teisho in the series “The Lineage of Luminosity, Part 1: The Lineage in India”, to which we listened during sesshin this past weekend. Thank you to Shikai sensei for pointing out the beautiful snow-covered trees this morning. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading sesshin, for overseeing the preparation of all oryoki meals in her position as Tenzo, and for instruction in forms for taking seats in practice halls. Thank you to Mishin ino, who as tenzo-anja made several meals during sesshin, and to Saigyo tando, also tenzo-anja, for preparing them to be served.

From Isshin:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for soil, rooting hormone, and a proper growing pot to revive a plant slip I have been nursing for a long time.  The slip is actually sprouting leaves after two days.  Thank you to the Practice Council and monastic who continually support my practice and accommodate my requests and times to practice.  I am truly grateful. 

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.