eMirror Vol 23, No. 18 (2019-05-03)


Photograph by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
Photograph by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 23, No. 18

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Dogen now says,

“The basis of entering the Vast Path” is to experience, practise, hear, and proclaim the Vast Path. We cannot say that sentient beings inherently attain the Way but that they are part of it. “Enter” is the “basis”; “basis” means right from head to tail. Buddha proclaims the Dharma, the Dharma proclaims Buddha.

In entering into the vastness of our lives we are the particularity of the vastness which pervades as all possibilities of experience. We enter into what is all around. The groundlessness of the open space of experience is the foundation of our being able to enter into it. The Dharma that the Buddha proclaimed and manifested is what made the Buddha a Buddha. What the Buddha Awoke to is who and what all beings always already are.

-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

May 15th.

The Roshi began 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 Sunday, May 12th and ends at noon on Sunday, May 19th. 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 13th, 7:30 p.m. general sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.

Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday, May 16th, 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 en-nichi
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. Traditionally 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 Fund

The amount raised to date is now $40,910. 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.

Repairing the Dining Hall ceiling
Repairing the Dining Hall ceiling



Congratulations and deep gassho to Eric Cyr of Ottawa who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Sarah Goul sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, April 27th.

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, May 4th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “This is How We Walk" (9 of 13)
  • Sunday, May 5th: SAkN “Root Cycle One” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Activity” (teisho 3 of 6) 
  • Monday, May 6th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Receiving Instruction from their Teacher" (Dharma Talk 25)
  • Thursday, May 9th: “Mula Paryiya Sutta” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin 
  • Saturday, May 11th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “The Cypress Tree" (10 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.


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.


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.

Satori (J) Enlightenment. This term is rarely used in the Zen Community.

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:
Basmati rice with butter; samosas (mashed potatoes, minced chilis, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, fresh coriander, turmeric, garam masala, green peas and diced onions encased in dough made with all purpose white flour and whole wheat flour); parathas (pancakes made with leftover samosa ingredients); tomato soup with lentils (sauteed onions, cumin, coriander, chili powder. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Bacon fried rice (chopped bacon cooked until quite crispy, mixed with sauteed onions, minced garlic, Thai white rice, sesame oil);  spicy tofu (medium-firm tofu sliced ¼ inch thick, sauteed until ‘pockmarked’ and then coated in a sauce made with Minced garlic, chopped green onions, Korean hot pepper flakes, shoyu, lime juice, a pinch of brown sugar); sauteed mixed greens (dai gai choy, gai lan, bok choy and tatsoi with garlic and lime juice); Mushroom soup (kombu broth, mushroom stock, shoyu, mirin, ginger, black pepper, sesame oil, sauteed shitake mushrooms). Vegetarian option: rice without bacon. Other dishes were all vegetarian.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Small new potatoes sauteed in bran oil until crispy but cooked through, then lightly braised in shoyu, minced garlic, sesame oil and a pinch of brown sugar; mixed greens (tatsoi, bok choy and dai gai choy); braised deep-fried tofu with shitake mushrooms, red bell peppers, mushrooms stock, sesame oil, ginger. 


Japanese cast iron pot

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 sensei:
Thank you to George Donovan for fudge he made and a belated “thank you” for St. Patrick’s Day cinnamon buns and Guiness.

From Mishin ino:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for the delicious handmade samosas and parathas at Monday night’s yakuseki.

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for designing and preparing so many excellent meals for the students who participated in the recent renovation of the Dining Hall ceiling. Thank you to Mishin ino for taking care of many of my responsibilities whilst I was busy with the work. Thank you to the following students who offered samu to assist with this project: Fushin shramon, Endai shramon, Senbo, David Gallant, Leonardo Nobrega, Ian Richard, Jean-Francois St-Louis, Robin Whitehead, Claude Schryer, George Donovan, Sarah Goul, Constantine Tikhonov and Marc Valade. 

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for translating Eihei Dogen zenji's "Shoaku Makusa", a fascicle of the "Shobogenzo", and for a series of teisho on it called "Doing Not-Doing". Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan and for making delicious samosa and paratha as part of the yakuseki meals this week. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for conducting preliminary interviews with students to provide them with further instruction after they attend the monthly Introduction to Zen workshop.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Simon Doyle and Christine Blais for donations to 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.