eMirror Vol 23, No. 15 (2019-04-12)


Nehan Koshiki written by Myoe (1173-1232)
Nehan Koshiki written by Myoe (1173-1232)

eMirror Vol 23, No. 15

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Having discussed and deconstructed and reconstructed the Twelve Divisions of the sutras, Dogen zenji now plays the same game with another set of numbers, the Nine Parts. The word for “part” here is “bu” which has a connotation of something solid. Dogen emphasizes both the insubstantiality of numbers and sets but also the particularity of each thing as the presencing of Reality.
He says,

There is another form of classification called the Nine Parts1 which can be called the Nine Divisions of the sutras. They are: sutras, gathas, itvrttaka, jataka, adbhutadharma, nidana, avadana, geya, and upadesa.

These nine parts have nine transposable possibilities giving altogether eighty-one parts. These nine parts are each part of the whole and so are nine. They each belong to the whole and the whole belongs to each of them and so it is for the eighty-one parts. They are “this” part, “my” part, part of a fly whisk, part of a staff, and a part of the Eye and Treasury of the Complete Teachings.

1 Bu. A section, a part. It carries an association of solidity.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 8: "The Purpose of the Sutras", Saturday, March 20th, 2004 in the teisho series "The Thread of the Buddhas," commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Bukkyo.

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu:  April 17th, May 1st and 15th.

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.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, May 1st, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, May 4th, at 1:45 p.m. 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

Sogaku-ki O-sesshin
The Sogaku-ki O-sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17th and ends at noon on Friday, May 24th. Monastics and formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.

Cancelled General Sitting
The Monday, May 20th, 7:30 p.m. general sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.

Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday, May 23rd, 7:30 p.m. associate sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.

Associate and General Sitting During O-sesshin
During the O-sesshin there will be a sitting in the Zendo on Saturday, May 18th for associate and general students which will begin at 9:15 a.m. (First Bell) and will end at 11:30 a.m. Please 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.

May 18th is the memorial for the death of Sogaku Myoshin Hakukaze daiosho, the 80th Lineage Ancestor and, it is said, the author of “Scattered Notes On The Daruma-kata”. Sogaku Hakukaze daisho lived during the Tokugawa era.  He received transmission from Manzan Dohaku daiosho and gave transmission to Anzan Daiko daiosho.

Fudo ennichi
May 26th is a day traditionally dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. Fudo Myo-o (J) Acala Vidyaraja (S) A manifestation of “Mahavairocana” or all pervading Awareness as a wrathful guardian figure; a symbol of boundless energy, determination and compassion. Used as a symbol of the Teacher’s mind in this Lineage. Fudo stands glaring and snarling like a demon; it holds the sword of insight in one hand and the cord of the Precepts in the other; it has chained itself to a rock in the midst of the raging flames of the deepest hell to work for the liberation of all beings there. 

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, May 29th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2nd, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

Roof Repair

The amount raised to date is now $35,410. Through the generosity of the Sangha we have now surpassed the amount needed to repair three most urgent roofs and so we can make arrangements to schedule the work. The overage will be set aside for the next roof which we already know is in need of repair, the roof over the Hojo (where the huge icicle grows as moisture escapes over the winter). Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

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.


Matt Broda sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th. Rodney Gallant, visiting from his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, sat a three day retreat from Tuesday, April 10th to the morning of Friday, April 12th.

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, April 13th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Taking Refuge in the Teachings" (Dharma Talk 21) 
  • Monday, April 15th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Taking Refuge in the Teachings" (Dharma Talk 22)
  • Thursday, April 11th: “The Point of Wisdom: Minding Your Own Bodymind” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei
  • Saturday, April 20th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Outside the Sutras" (7 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.

Satipatthana Sutta (P) “Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness” A classical text on the Buddha’s teachings on basic mindfulness. Refer to The Straight Path: Zen Teachings on the Foundations of Mindfulness.

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


Japanese iron tea pot over a fire

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:
Ramen with caramelized onion/miso broth (caramelized onion, garlic, chilis, shiro miso and aka miso, vegetable stock, lots of black pepper); greens (bok choy, spinach, gai lan sauteed and arranged on the soup, topped with two fried eggs. Sprout salad (

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Pork curry (seared sliced pork loin, chopped onions, carrots, poblanos, finely chopped coriander stems, fish sauce, minced garlic, shoyu, white pepper, turmeric, ground coriander, cayenne, coconut milk, curry paste, tamarind juice peanut butter, smoked paprika, roasted peanuts for garnish); Thai Jasmine rice; sauteed bok choy, Shanghai bok choy and spinach with lime juice and garlic; sprout salad (red cabbage, buckwheat, Kaware radish and broccoli raab sprouts). Vegetarian option: the same as above, but the curry was made with tofu instead of pork and did not contain fish sauce.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Dal Makhani (beluga lentils, red kidney beans, cayenne, cumin seeds, green chilis, minced ginger, minced garlic, finely chopped Spanish onions, asafoetida, turmeric, chopped tomatoes, garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves); Jeera (cumin) rice (basmati rice, toasted cumin seeds, turmeric, caramelized red onion, minced ginger and garlic, minced red chilis, chopped fresh coriander stems and leaves); sprout salad with coconut/curry dressing.

Also made by Jinmyo osho: 32 samosas. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Vegan maple syrup tahini date walnut cookies; Maple syrup golden tea bread; vegan coconut chocolates.


Monk with straw hat 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 the Roshi for recommendations of movies and tv shows that are interesting and useful to watch; to Shikai sensei for making coconut chocolates and date-tahini cookies; to Jinmyo osho for making delicious handmade samosas and many kinds of dahl and bean curries; to Saigyo tando for “sprout farming” to grow a wide variety of seeds that the Osho turns into refreshing salads; to Fushin shramon for cleaning candle holders for use in practice halls and keeping the first floor whiteboard calendar updated; to Endai shramon for maintaining monastery supplies of paper, ink, and cleaning supplies, and processing the monthly pre-authorized dana contributions; to Claude Schryer for archiving samu.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to Shikai sensei for the Dharma Talk Series "Every Breath You Take", one talk of which was played at the general sitting on Monday night, and for the Dharma Talk "Zen Is Not Kidding", which was played at the associate sitting on Thursday night. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for many delicious curries which she prepared for Sunday brunch and for yakuseki meals during the week.

From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to Saigyo tando and Jinmyo osho for their instruction this week on my struggles, and reminders from  Mishin ino on opening my gaze.

From Paula Negraes:
Thank you to the monastics for instructing us during our associate sittings. Thank you to Mishin ino for so kindly offering me some kapok for re-filling my home zafu. Thank you to Saigyo tando for answering my numerous questions always with grace and humour during my practice interviews.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to the following for donations to the roof repair fund: Marc Valade, Paula Negraes, Beth Buerkle, Jean-Francois St. Louis, Tracey Parker, William Ferguson, Julien Jefferson, Alex Groarke, and Sarah Goul.

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.