eMirror Vol 23, No. 19 (2019-05-10)



eMirror Vol 23, No. 18

Friday, May 10th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

And then Dogen says,

The Dharma is proclaimed by Buddha, the Buddha is proclaimed by the Dharma. Fire1 is proclaimed by the Buddha and Dharma; Buddha and Dharma proclaim fire.2

This refers to a koan that also appears in Koun Ejo zenji’s Komyozo-Zanmai:

Zen master Xuefeng taught the assembly, “All the Buddhas of the three times turn the Wheel of Reality in the midst of fire.”

Yunmen said, “The flames present the Teachings of the Buddhas of the three times. All the Buddhas do is stand there and listen!”

The fire that proclaims the Teachings is the Dharmakaya, the Body of Reality, that bodies forth as the candle flames on the Butsudan, that bodies forth as the Buddhas, that bodies forth as each and every body and mind. We are all the flames that leap forth and fall away as the radiance of experiences and we are all the “great ball of flame” that Dongshan Liangjie speaks of in the Hokyo Zanmai.
But to know this and to know what this means, you must live with the same purpose that the sutras of the Buddhas have. You must have the same purpose in lifting a hand, in scratching an itch, in taking a hand, in cooking a broth.

1 Kaen.    
2 Zen master Xuefeng taught the assembly, “All the Buddhas of the three times turn the Wheel of Reality in the midst of fire.” Yunmen said, “The flames present the Teachings of the Buddhas of the three times. All the Buddhas do is stand there and listen!” See Koun Ejo’s Komyozo-Zanmai.

-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.

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.


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


Elizabeth Eve, visiting Dainen-ji from her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sat a 3 1/2 day retreat from the evening of Wednesday, May 1st to noon on Sunday, May 4th. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, May 2nd 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.


Recorded Teachings Schedule

  • Saturday, May 11th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “The Cypress Tree" (10 of 13)
  • Sunday, May 12th: SAkN “Root Cycle One” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Knowing” (teisho 4 of 6)
  • Saturday, May 17th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Receiving the 
    Complete Precepts" (Dharma Talk 26)

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.

Sei (J) Insight.

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:
Coconut tofu (deep-fried tofu, chunks of poblano and cubanelle peppers, chopped ginger and scallions in coconut milk); Thai rice garnished with scallions; sauteed shitake and crimini mushrooms; sauteed dai gai choy, gai lan and bok choy seasoned with lime juice, lots of black pepper. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Hainan rice (Basmati, Chinese long-grain rice and Thai Jasmine rice cooked with chicken stock, minced ginger, garlic and scallions); roasted chicken thighs and drumsticks seasoned with garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, powdered mustard, and bran oil); sauteed dai gai choy, gai lan and bok choy with garlic and lime juice. Vegetarian option: Jasmine rice with sauteed tofu seasoned with garlic and onion powder, salt, black pepper and a small amount of bulgogi sauce; sauteed greens.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Thai rice with toasted sesame seeds; Jjigae (Korean stew made with chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped Napa cabbage and green cabbage, ginger, duongjang (Korean miso), gochugaru (red pepper paste), minced Korean red chilis, shoyu, silken tofu, white pepper);  mixed green sauteed with lime juice, minced garlic, salt and black pepper. 

Baking by Sensei:
Black cocoa fudge cake flourless; chewy amaretto cookies; chocolate cookies with salted caramel chips.


Hands in gassho, line drawing

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 Saigyo tando:
Thank you Robin Whitehead, Kathleen Johnson and Stacey Loyer for samu in the grounds to do some much needed clean-up this spring.

From Elizabeth Eve
Thank you to the Roshi for establishing and maintaining Dainen-ji so that students can be immersed in this environment that supports the practice of Awake Awareness. Thank you to Shikai sensei for help with functional talking and for a lip-smacking sundae on Friday, with a surprising ginger crust. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for daisan, for a renewed method for writing my practice journal, for answering my questions, and giving instruction on how to pay attention to the details of opening and closing a door. Thank you to Mishin ino and Saigyo tando for the Introduction to Zen Workshop which was like a two-hour practice interview. Also thank you to Saigyo tando for ensuring that during my retreat last week I had what was needed, that I knew where to be, when, and for encouragement. Thank you to Mishin ino for all the many responsibilities carried out to maintain the monastery. Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for giving tasks and answering questions so cheerfully. Thank you to the Office of the Tenzo for delicious, nutritious meals.

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.