eMirror Vol 23, No. 28 (2019-07-12)


Aywang shan, photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
Aywang shan, photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

eMirror Vol 23, No. 28

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

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

And now Dogen says that, “Those without such innate wisdom must study and practice yet more diligently.” But then he negates the previous two sentences in order to redefine “natural wisdom”. He says,

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.1 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.2 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.

Natural wisdom is awakened to itself by meeting itself in the Teachings, studying them deeply with and through the bodymind. Although there is transmission between teacher and student, what is received is what one already is. Before transmission a Buddha was a Buddha that was not awake. After transmission one is a Buddha that awakens other Buddhas. None of the Buddhas could ever have become Buddhas if they had not already been Buddhas. Naturally.

Please, this evening, enjoy yourselves.

1 Bodhi.    
2 Sammyo. Knowledge of past lives, subtle vision, cutting away outflows.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding 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

 July 31st, August 14th and August 28th

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.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, July 31st, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 4th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana. 

August Two-day Sesshin:
The August two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday,  August 9th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11th. On Saturday, August 10th there will be a sitting for associate and general students in the Zendo. First Bell is at 9:15. The Sitting will end at 11:40 a.m. Students are reminded to remain on the first floor. 

Dharma Assembly
On Saturday, August 24th, Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho will lead a Dharma Assembly which will begin at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15, in time for first Bell) and will end at 9:00 p.m. Dana is $40.00, which includes two meals: lunch and supper. Participants are asked to bring clothing and shoes appropriate for samu practice. To register, please send an email to schedule at wwzc dot org or leave a message on the office answering machine at 562-1568. Dharma Assemblies are open to all students.
Note: The 9:30 a.m. general sitting that would ordinarily take place on August 24th is cancelled owing to the Dharma Assembly.

August 28th is Dogen-ki, the memorial of Eihei Dogen zenji's death.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Neil Faught of Burnaby, BC, who has been accepted as an associate public student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat from Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 7th. David Gallant sat a two and a half-day retreat from Saturday, July 6th to Monday, July 8th. Jean-Francois St-Louis sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th. Tarik Kaya sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, July 6th. Deshi Isshin began a three-day retreat on Wednesday, July 10th, which concludes on Friday, July 12th. Elizabeth Eve sat a partial retreat on Saturday July 6, from 6 a.m to 6 p.m, at her home in Halifax.

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, July 13th: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: "The True Person of No Position" (4 of 12)
  • Monday, July 15th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "The Drum of the Sky" (3 of 15)
  • Thursday, July 18th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Great Matter” (9 of 71)
  • Saturday, July 20th: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “The Fire Within” (5 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.

Sensei: (J) Traditional term used for a transmitted Zen teacher under fifty or sixty years of age. Most Zen teachers prefer this term, especially if their own teacher is still living or in deference to their memory. It is also common for any teacher of anything in Japan, e.g. martial arts, calligraphy, grade school etc. Translates as “one who has come before” or “first born”. See also Roshi.

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:
Mushroom pasta (farfalle with a sauce made from cremini and porcini mushrooms, diced white onions, minced garlic, small amount of roux made with bran oil, mushroom stock, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper and black pepper; deep-fried tofu seasoned with lime juice, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder, lightly sauteed; mixed greens (dai gai choy, gai lan and spinach); cheese and olives. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Thinly sliced pork tenderloin seasoned with bulgogi sauce (shoyu, gochujang (Korean chili paste), pureed white onion, rice wine, minced fresh garlic, sesame oil, minced ginger, black pepper, toasted sesame seeds; lo mein noodles; baechu kimchi.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Toasted garlic naan; egg salad (chopped cooked eggs, finely sliced sauteed garlic, lots of chopped scallions, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard; sliced tomatoes; red leaf lettuce and red frisee seasoned with white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder. 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Chocolate oat raisin cookies; molasses cookies; ginger lemon muffins; Queensland ginger cake.


Monk in gassho with begging hat

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 the Practice Council:
Thank you to Gilles Lacombe for a copy of his new book of poetry "Mountain Skies" in which he has quoted (with permission) the Roshi as the epigraph for the volume: "Finally the tables turn and we realize the joke is not 'on' us. We are the joke. Everything is the joke, shining and turning, turning and shining."

From Saigyo tando:
Thank you to the Roshi creating the  artworks that we use as graphics for all of the recorded teisho and Dharma Talks available to his students. Thank you to Shikai sensei for daisan with students attending the general sittings and for baking lovely molasses cookies. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for research into how best to dry foods and for growing an excellent selection of micro-greens. Thank you to Mishin ino for maintaining the attendance at sittings each morning. Thank you to Fushin shramon for making repairs to the mountain gate and to Endai shramon for work to improve the grounds. Thank you to David Gallant for setting up a new monitor for archiving work, Robin Whitehead for weekly samu in the monastery gardens, Shannon Morphew for fertilizing the cedar hedge and to George Donovan for watering the grounds.

From Endai shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for interesting information about the history of monastic robes and to Jinmyo osho for an article on Zen monks in Japan. Thank you to Jinmyo osho and Saigyo tando for meeting with designers to obtain quotes on repairs to the roof of the Hojo to prevent ice-damming. Thank you to Fushin shramon for repairing the latch on the Mountain Gate at the main entrance to the grounds of Dainen-ji.

From Tarik Kaya:
Thank you to the Roshi for establishing Dainen-ji. Thank you to Shikai sensei for patiently and relentlessly showing me that one can practise under any circumstances. Thank you to Jinmyo osho and Mishin ino for the preparation of the retreat meals. Thank you to Saigyo tando for a very useful practice interview during my retreat. Thank you to Fushin shramon and Endai shramon for their dedication and hard work. Thank you to David Gallant for serving as jikido.


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.