eMirror Vol 23, No. 23 (2019-06-7)


Lilies of the Valley in Dainen-ji's grounds, Photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
Lilies of the Valley in Dainen-ji's grounds,
Photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

eMirror Vol 23, No. 23

Friday, June 7th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

As our practice goes on and opens further we continue to learn numberless things about the richness of experiencing and experiences as they truly are. And yet all of it seems somehow familiar, as if it was always obvious but we had forgotten it. When we realize unshakeably and incontrovertibly that what we and all beings truly are is the nehan myoshin, the luminous Awareness beyond all reference point we understand why it is also called the Original Face or the Original Mind or Primordial Awareness. It has always already been the case that we are free of birth and death, beyond birth and death, and yet that we present ourselves as birth and death, as the ceaseless coming and going that is what all lives and life itself is. And even when we have realized ourselves as this primordial Awareness there is still yet more to learn.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning teisho 1: "Meeting Natural Wisdom" Friday, December 3, 2004 in the teisho series "Essentially Real, commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji’s 'Hossho: Dharmata'."

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu:  June 19th.

June Two-day Sesshin
The June two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th. On Saturday, June 8th, 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.

June 7th is a day traditionally dedicated to Manjusri, a reminder of prajnaparamita.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Marc Valade of Ottawa who has been accepted as an general student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Sarah Goul sat a two-day retreat from Thursday, May 30th to noon on Saturday, June 1st. Claude Schryer sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, June 1st. Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd.  Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Monday, June 3rd 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, June 8th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei: "When Entering a Hall" (Dharma Talk 27)
  • Monday, June 10th: "The Contraptions of Contraction" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
  • Thursday, June 13th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Bodymind of Zazen” (4 of 71)
  • Saturday, June 15th: “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: Readings of “Two Entries and Four Practices” and “Soshi Sairai no i” (13 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.

Seiza (J) A formal kneeling posture which may be used in zazen as an alternative to lotus postured or the agura posture.

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


Nuka plate

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:
Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice mixed with peas and corn (complete protein); mushroom soup (fresh shitake, eryngii, and cremini mushrooms, reconstituted dried shitake mushrooms, ginger, mushroom stock, garlic, Shaoxing, shoyu and strips of deep-fried tofu (optional); garlic haricots verts (haricots verts seared with strips of poblano and red shepherd bell peppers, lots of garlic, roasted chili paste, black pepper, garnished with monastery-grown thinly sliced walking onions); Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Pork ribs marinated in a bulgogi sauce made from pureed white onion, gojuchang, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil, slow cooked in the oven; baguettes with butter; coleslaw (finely sliced green cabbage, carrots, white onion, horseradish, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt and black pepper. Vegetarian option: coleslaw with baguette, hummus and cheese. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Cauliflower soup (cooked pureed cauliflower, sauteed cauliflower florets, diced butternut squash, diced carrots, caramelized onion, coriander, madras curry powder, small amount of cream; toasted naan with butter; tomato salad (chopped plum tomatoes, mixed with sauteed chickpeas and sliced red onion, seasoned with lime pickle, lime juice, salt and black pepper. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Lemon tart; “Shrinking hubby” salted caramel nut cookies.


Little monks bowing

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 the “Bodhidharma’s Eyes” series of teisho, which brings together many different koan and stories and historical research about Bodhidharma with much humour while conveying the fierce commitment to practice that he represents. Thank you to Chiso anagarika for testing out the Schedulicity app that I set up to simplify the process of scheduling practice interviews with preliminary students.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for composing the "Awareness Doha", which we chanted the other day during the morning formal sitting. Thank you to Shikai sensei for the photograph of lilies of the valley in the monastery grounds that is the first image in this week's eMirror. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing delicious yakuseki meals, in particular the cauliflower soup served on Thursday evening. Thank you to Mishin ino for taking care of a tremendous amount of administrative work each month. Thank you to Saigyo tando for framing the new laundry room in the basement.

From Claude Schryer:
Thanks to Saigyo tando and Mishin ino for their support during practice interviews and to Jinmyo osho for instructions by email. Thanks to all monastics and formal students during my retreat. I appreciate the opportunity to deepen my practice.

From Marc Valade:
Thank you to the Roshi for accepting me as a general student. Thank you to Shikai sensei for daisan and for reminding me that the only moment that matters (and of practice, incidentally) is now.

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.