eMirror Vol 23, No. 47 (2019-11-22)


Feet, kinhin step
"Step", digital image by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 23, No. 47

Friday, Novemver 22nd, 2019
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Turning to face the wall, we sit. Turning away from the room, we take care of the zafu and zabuton and stand. With each step we might enter dharmata, we might receive dharmata, we might express dharmata; or we might not. With each step the boards of oak of the floor twitter like nightingales, expressing dharmata. The samadhi of dharmata is the essential reality that is continuously the nature of all beings and worlds. Whether we know this or not depends only upon how we know. If we are perched up on our own shoulders, riding behind the eyes of the head, then our feet never really touch the floor. If we step with the whole bodymind, then the floor, the Hatto, the world all take this step together with us. If we try to step with the whole bodymind by trying to manoeuvre the feet with a strategy that we mistake as mindfulness then depending upon our personal style we might slap the soles of the feet on the wood or we might twinkle and glide along the floor but all that we are doing is watching ourselves trying to be mindful.

With each step, with each breath of zazen, with each spoon of rice, with each grain of rice just return to the source of each moment: the presencing that is dharmata. Just release the mind into the body, release the whole bodymind into the whole moment, release the whole moment into the Total Field, release the Total Field into nehan myoshin, the luminous Awareness that is beyond location. Each step is its radiance, each grain of rice, each and every moment. 

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, begining teisho 5: "Actualizing the Samadhi of Dharmata," Tuesday, December 7, 2004 in the teisho series "Essentially Real: Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji’s 'Hossho: Dharmata'."

Upcoming Events

November 27th, December 5th and 19th. 

Samu Weekend: 
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd and 24th. 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.

Rohatsu O-sesshin
The Rohatsu O-sesshin began at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st, and will end on Sunday, December 8th following Jodo-e (commemorating the Buddha's Awakening).

Cancelled General Sitting
The Monday, December 2nd general sitting that would normally begin at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled as the Rohatsu O-sesshin will be in progress. 

Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday, December 5th associate sitting that would normally begin at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled as the Rohatsu O-sesshin will be in progress.

For Associate and General Students:
A morning sitting will take place in the Zendo on Saturday December 7th. The sitting begins at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15 in time for first Bell) and ends at 11:30 a.m. Students are reminded to 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.

Jodo-e: December 8th

December 12th is the anniversary of the day on which the Roshi’s Teacher, Ven. Yasuda Joshu Dainen roshi died.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, December 11th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 15th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, December 14th. 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

Joya (New Year’s Celebration)
On Tuesday, December 31st at 10 p.m. until Wednesday, January 1st at 12:00 a.m., we will celebrate Joya or New Year's. Join Zen Master Anzan Hoshin, Ven. Shikai Sensei and Ven. Jinmyo osho and the monastics of the Northern Mountain Order in ringing in the New Year with 108 recitations of the Mahaprajnaparamita Hridaya sutra mantra. Following the sitting there will be an array of shojin-ryori (Zen vegetarian cuisine) dishes for an informal feast. All students are welcome to attend. There is no better way to begin the year. Dana is $25. Please register by sending an email to schedule at WWZC dot org, or telephone the Zen Centre office (613) 562-1568.

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, January 1st, which will end on Sunday, January 5th, at 9:30 a.m. when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Sam MacFarlane of Ottawa, Ontario, who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi. 


Mohamed Zakzouk sat  a two-day retreat on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th at his home in Calgary, Alberta.

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.

Training Session

Charlane Bishop sat a one-week training session at Wolfville branch centre from Monday, November 4th through Sunday, November 11th.

Recorded Teachings Schedule


  • Monday, November 25th: "The Point of Wisdom: Minding Your Own Bodymind" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
  • Thursday, November 28th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Gong" (27 of 71)
  • Saturday, November 30th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "The Path of the Buddhas" (3 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.

Newly Presented Teachings


  • Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho during the November Sesshin, as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
    November 9th: Rujing and the Old Plum Tree
  • Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho during the November Sesshin, as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
    November 9th: Rujing and the Old Plum Tree

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:


Update on the Plan for Essential Repairs to the Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters)

Essential repairs are needed to the Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters). The needed work includes taking down the ceiling in the Hojo washroom in order to insulate, raising the floor, repairing interior moisture damage, and addressing other structural problems (extremely uneven floors, and ventilation, plumbing, and electrical issues). 

The Office of the Shissui has met with 3 local design/build companies to discuss the scope of this substantial work and is reviewing their quotations. The total cost of the work will be in the region of $40,000. Provided that we are able to meet the fundraising goal, we anticipate undertaking the work in the summer of 2020.

All donations towards the Hojo renovation fund will be much appreciated, and will receive a charitable tax receipt. 


The image above shows the icicle that forms every winter on the roof of the Hojo. It is often over 20 feet long and is causing damage to the exterior trim and roof line and may be causing interior damage and mold inside the walls.

Description of the work
After a recent risk inspection by our insurance company, one requirement for ongoing insurance coverage is to address a buildup of large icicles over winter from the roof over the Hojo washroom. The ice buildup is caused by heat loss through the roof that melts the winter snow, which refreezes into icicles. 

In order to address this, we should be insulating the ceiling of the Hojo washroom. We will use an application of spray foam insulation which will require taking down the interior ceiling. As there is also heat loss through the very poorly insulated walls, we shall also be removing all of the wall plaster and lathe and using spray foam insulation on the exterior walls. As well as heat insulation, this closed cell foam insulation will impede moisture transfer and eliminate the possibility of moisture buildup and mold issues in the room. Because the plaster and lathe will need to be removed in order to insulate, we will be replacing the old shower stall and re-plumbing the shower. 

Replacing the ceiling allows us to raise the height of the ceiling so that we can eliminate the 8-inch step down into the washroom, which is a potential tripping hazard. We can also add new lighting, improved ventilation and proper venting of fixtures. Raising the floor height requires replacing two hot water radiators with under-floor electric heating and installing a new vanity. 

Once completed, all of this work will result in a substantial improvement to the functionality of the living and working environment of the Hojo, the Abbot’s Quarters, and eliminate potential hazards. As the last area of the building to receive any major renovation work, this improvement is a priority. 


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.

Shiho (J) Transmission. The student has gotten the basic point and is able to actualize it without distortion in each moment of experiencing. This is acknowledged by the Teacher in the form of a public statement or ceremony.

Further, from "Monkish Talk": “Teaching of the Dharma”, which is received in Transmission through menju (face to face Transmission) or menzan (face to face study) between Teacher and student; in modern Soto-shu transmission through copying the kirigami or silks, usually from one’s father as inheritor of his temple; in WWZC the second of three depths of Transmission; includes Denkai (empowerment as a preceptor) and Denbo (Sealing the Transmission ceremony) both of which occur in private, followed by a public ceremony called Den’e (“receiving the robe”); in Joshu Dainen daiosho’s Transmission, becoming a kyoshi or practice advisor is the first stage of the process of Shiho, which can extend over many years.

Note: Shikai Zuiko sensei and Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari have received Shiho as Dharma Successors of the Abbot, Anzan Hoshin roshi.

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


Greens in white bowl

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.

Meals Prepared Throughout the Week, Prior to the Evening Sittings:

Monday Yakuseki
Penne with mushroom sauce (cremini and shitake mushrooms sauteed in bran oil, mushroom stock, shoyu, garlic, minced onion, basil, chili flakes, thyme, red wine, goat cheese and Parmesan cheese; steamed spinach; cubed friulano with sweet gherkins.

Tuesday Yakuseki
Chili (ground beef, ground pork, diced and stewed tomatoes, tomato juice, hot paprika, smoked paprika, chipotle in adobo sauce, Mexican chili powder, ancho chili powder, cayenne, lots of cumin, black pepper, drop of balsamic vinegar; crusty rolls with butter, coleslaw (green cabbage, carrots, white onion, horseradish, Dijon mustard, lime juice, mayonnaise).

Thursday Yakuseki
White and brown Thai rice; Thai green curry (chopped red bell peppers, poblano peppers, Spanish onion, cremini mushrooms, mustard greens, ginger, Aroy-D coconut milk, green Thai curry paste, fresh coriander; peanut tofu (sliced tofu cooked in peanut sauce made from peanut butter, red Thai curry paste and chili sauce with chopped scallions and roasted peanuts); Mixed greens (bok choy, Spinach and mustard greens with sliced Spanish onion cooked with lime juice). 

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Power Balls with dates, apricots, chocolate chips, flax seeds, coconut, peanut butter; Cream cheese cookies; Raisin, oat, pumpkin seed cookies; Slow cooker butterscotch apple crisp; Oat chocolate chip cookies; Peanut butter molasses popcorn balls.

Drawing of begging monk

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 Ryoshin for ordering, picking up and delivering a large bag of baking soda (we use a lot of it for cleaning) ; to Peter McRae for driving 19 year old Kitsune (monastic cat) and me to the vet clinic for her kidney check-up, and to buy black paint for the daisan room floor.

From Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to Mishin godo for timely filing of White Wind Zen Community’s Annual Tax Return.

From Mishin godo:
Thank you to Saigyo ino for looking into the electrical work needed to install a heater in the Undo. Thank you to David Gallant for installing two 4 TB drives in the archiving computer to expand storage and establish an automatic backup. 

From Endai shramon
Thank you to the Roshi and Jinmyo osho for twice-weekly shopping trips to purchase food and supplies for the monastery. Thank you to Mishin godo, Fushin shramon and David Gallant for improving the usability of the archiving computer: it will now be much simpler to process the sound files of Teisho and Dharma Talks in order to make these valuable resources available to students. 

From David Gallant: 
Thank you to Roshi for presenting teisho and providing instruction to students for over 30 years.  Thank you to Shikai sensei for regularly making delicious cookies, which I enjoy, especially in the afternoons at work. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for regular daisan and for instruction on the care of plants and for regularly asking how my plants are doing.  Thank you to Mishin godo for her recent efforts to organize files on the archiving computer. Thank you to Saigyo ino for instruction on some of the finer points of soji in the Hatto.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Ian Richard for a donation to the Hojo renovation fund, and to Peter McRae for a donation towards the samu weekend.

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.