eMirror Vol 23, No. 25 (2019-06-21)


Fiddleheads, Photograph by Ven. Endai Mayeda shramon
Photograph by Ven. Endai Mayeda shramon

eMirror Vol 23, No. 25

Friday, June 21th, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

The beginning of Dogen zenji’s text “Hossho” or “Dharmata” might seem to be a bit of a jumble. I suspect that this is because he was addressing certain concepts and terminologies that were current in dokusan and meetings with the monastic community, especially those who had come from the Daruma school of Nonin.

I’ll show you what I mean. Dogen says,

In our study through practice sometimes we follow the sutras, sometimes we follow a Master; in the end, however, we realize the truth alone, without a teacher.1 Realizing it alone, without a teacher, is the working of dharmata. Even for those with natural wisdom2 it is still necessary to meet a Master and question into the Way. Those without such innate wisdom must study and practice yet more diligently. Yet there is really no one who is without natural wisdom. We each must follow the teaching of the sutras or masters until we come to fruition of the Buddha Way, the truth of Awake Awareness.3 Know that we enter the samadhi of dharmata through meeting the sutras or meeting a Master. To enter and receive samadhi as dharmata is what is called natural wisdom. Thus, we obtain ancient wisdom and the three types of knowledge.4 This is the authentic transmission of complete and utter Awakening. We learn natural wisdom by meeting natural wisdom. We receive the authentic transmission of untutored wisdom and natural wisdom by meeting untutored wisdom and natural wisdom. If we do not possess natural wisdom, even if we meet sutras or masters we will not be able to hear of or experience dharmata.

1 Mushi dokugo. See also the first paragraph of Dogen’s “Shisho”.    
2 Shochi. A Confucian term.    
3 Bodhi.    
4 Sammyo. Knowledge of past lives, subtle vision, cutting away outflows.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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: July 3rd, 17th and 31st.

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, July 6th. For more information please see: http://www.wwzc.org/content/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa.
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: http://www.wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 13th, from 10pm until Sunday,  July 14th, at 8am Zen Master Anzan Hoshin will lead the Yaza. Students attending should arrive by First Bell at 9:45 p.m. A light breakfast will be served before the end of the Yaza. All students are welcome to attend. Please register soon as seating will be limited. The suggested dana contribution for Yaza is $30.00. To register, please send an email to schedule@wwzc.org or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at (613) 562-1568.

Samu Weekend: 
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th. 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 be writing soon 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.


Congratulations and deep Gassho to Lisa Glasper of Ottawa who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th. Michael Nisch sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, June 15th at his home in Ulm, Germany. David Gallant began a four and a half-day retreat from Monday, June 17th which concludes on Friday, June 21st. Kathleen Johnson sat a partial retreat on Thursday, June 20th. Shannon Morphew began a two-day retreat on Thursday, June 20th which concludes on Friday, June 21st.

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 22nd: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: Reading of “Kuge” by Eihei Dogen zenji.
  • Sunday, June 23rd: SAkN “Root Cycle One” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Working with SAkN” (teisho 5 of 6)
  • Monday, June 24th: "The Art of Subtraction" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
  • Thursday, June 27th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Single Bodymind” (6 of 71)
  • Saturday, June 29th: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Held Up” (2 of 12)

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.

Windows Laptop

If anyone has a laptop running Windows 10 that they would be able to donate to the monastery, this would be much appreciated. We need to set up a second device on which to run Quickbooks 2019 (the accounting program used by the Office of the Treasurer) and it runs best on Windows. This would make it easier for a second person to take on regular data entry for monastery bookkeeping. Please email Mishin ino (mishin at gmail dot com) for more information.

Zenga by Sengai
Zenga by Sengai

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:
Algamja-jorim 알감자조림 (new potatoes sautéed and then cooked in a sauce made from shoyu, garlic, pinch of Demerara sugar, chopped scallions); Doenjang-jjigae 된장찌개 (Korean miso stew made with napa cabbage, chopped scallions, kombu stock, soy sauce, Korean miso, sesame oil, garlic, chilis; Dububuchim-yangnyeomjang 두부부침양념장 (medium firm tofu sauteed until pockmarked, seasoned with a sauce made from shoyu, gochugaru (hot pepper flakes), chopped green onions, minced garlic, sesame oil and roasted sesame seeds); baechu kimchi; Mu Saengchae (thin strips of daikon tossed with rice vinegar, gochugaru, minced garlic and kosher salt).

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Peameal bacon roasted, sliced and then seared on the griddle; tomato bisque (blended cooked celery, carrot, Spanish onion and garlic, red wine, tomato juice, oregano, cumin, basil, black pepper; green cabbage coleslaw (green cabbage, white onion, mayonnaise, lime juice, horseradish, black pepper); baguettes with butter. Vegetarian option: hummus and cheese with bisque and coleslaw. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Coconut rice (Thai white and brown rice cooked with coconut milk); tamarind curry (cubanelle, poblano and red bell peppers, chopped potatoes, chopped Spanish onions, pureed  red onion, galangal, tamarind, chili, salt, and turmeric, garnished with toasted cashews; Asian pear with lime juice and red chili flakes. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
‘Shrinking hubby” cookies; Strawberry Intensity pake pudding cake; Buttertart bars.



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 Endai shramon for making the rounds of the monastery every night to ensure that doors are locked, lights are switched off, and everything is in order. Thank you to Claude Schryer for weekly samu on the archiving project to preserve older recordings of teisho presented by the Roshi.

From Saigyo tando
Thank you to the Roshi for his wonderful teisho series "Bodhidharma's Eyes" which we have just completed listening to at the Saturday morning general sittings. Thank you to Shikai sensei for an excellent chocolate cake and strawberry cake and a host of other baked treats for residents and retreatants. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for overseeing the activities of the Caretaking Council and leading the regular Caretaking Council meetings. Thank you to Mishin ino for lovely meals prepared for residents each Sunday evening. Thank you to Fushin shramon for putting together a new drawer unit for the kitchen and for attaching the new door closer on the 2nd floor landing and to Endai shramon for researching native plants we can use the improve the monastery grounds. Thank you to David Gallant for work in the new basement electrical and LAN hub cupboard. Thank you to George Donovan for regular weekly samu and to Ian Richard and Eric Cyr for samu to box a portion of the WWZC library of books to facilitate an upcoming project. Thank you to Robin Whitehead for regular samu in the monastery grounds. 

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for his translation of the "Srimaladevi Simhanada Sutra" ("The Lion's Roar Discourse of Queen Srimala") and his commentary on it in a series of classes given in the 1990s titled "The Matrix of Suchness". Thank you to Jinmyo osho for researching many different ways of growing edible plants indoors, including the lettuce currently under the grow-lights in the dining hall, and for researching efficient food storage systems. Thank you to Saigyo tando for his work as Shissui (Head Caretaker) to repair and improve Dainen-ji. 

From David Gallant:
Thank you to the Roshi for many teisho presented on Keizan Jokin zenji's "Denkoroku: Record of the Transmission of Luminosity".  Thank you to Shikai sensei for the tasty retreatant refreshments this week. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the June sesshin, for regular daisan and daisan during my retreat this week, and for much helpful instruction and practical wisdom.  Thank you to Jinmyo osho for the lovely samosas and tamarind dipping sauce prepared last Sunday during the Samu Day.  Thank you to Mishin ino for her regular efforts as treasurer.  Thank you to Saigyo tando for leading the dining hall ceiling repair work this spring and to all the students who offered samu for that project.  Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for regularly leading kitchen cleanup during sesshin and O-sesshin.

From Gillian Higenbottam: 
Thank you to the Roshi for the balance of rigour and compassion that is available for practicing students at Dainen-ji. Thank you to Shikai sensei for her humour, insight, and cookies. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for helpful Daisan and for her work compiling and revising the Master List of Masters which is available on the internet to help figure out who is who in the teisho we hear.  Thank you to Mishin ino for always bringing me back to the subject of “zazen” when I get off on a tangent and to Saigyo tando for practice advice as well as the efforts he and all monastics put into the physical environment at the Zen Centre property in Ottawa. Thank you to the Office of the Tenzo for delicious food, even more so on the day without electricity due to the installation of a generator. And thank you to Chunen angya for reviewing my weekly practice journals. 

From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to Saygio Tando for advice about recognizing storylines and a reminder about impermanence. Thank you also Mishin Ino for advice about thinking and a reminder about opening with the forms. 

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Michael Nisch and Michael Giles for donations.

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.