eMirror Vol 22, No. 11 (2018-03-16)


Tori gate to monastery garden,
Photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari

eMirror Vol 22, No. 11

Friday, March 16th, 2018
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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


flowing water slowly
        into frozen
                hanging straight down

from branches, moves,
        even floating
                in the margins of steaming breath

Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi,
Zazen-ji, 1993

Upcoming Events


Fusatsu:  March 28th, April 18th.

Keizan Ki
March 21st is the memorial for Keizan Jokin zenji.

Samu Weekend
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th. Please pencil these dates into your schedule so that you will be able to attend some or all of this weekend of samu practice. 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, April 4th, which will end on Sunday, April 8th at 9:30 a.m., 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, April 7th. For more information please see:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Hanamatsuri Two-day Sesshin
The Hanamatsuri two-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15th.
On Saturday, April 14th, 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.

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.



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, March 17th general sitting: “Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Touching the Sensations of the World” (teisho 4 of 6)
  • Sunday, March 18th formal sitting: SAkN “Root Cycle Three” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Presumption of Separateness” (teisho 5 of 8)
  • Monday, March 19th general sitting: “Flowers and Clouds” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin: “Held Up” (2 of 12)
  • Thursday, March 22nd associate sitting: “Dongshan's Hot and Cold” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Hot” (Dharma Talk 1 of 2)

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.

Charitable Tax Receipts for Dana Contributions

Thank you to all who have offered monthly dana and special gifts over the past year to support the activities of the monastery, maintenance and renovation projects. Charitable tax receipts for donations made during 2017 were mailed out before the end of February. If you have made your donations to WWZC through CanadaHelps.org, you can access your charitable receipt for those donations through your account on the CanadaHelps.org website.

WWZC Website  www.wwzc.org

Newly Posted Recordings for Students

"Surpassing the Teacher", Memorial of Keizan Jokin zenji, by Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi (April 17, 1988, Daijozan). Direct link: https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings/surpassing-teacher

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.


Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

by Shikai Zuiko sensei

Continuing on with “Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary” a limited edition text written by Anzan Hoshin roshi in 1994.

Opening the Mountain; Kaizan (J); A transmission ceremony by the teacher of formally opening an altar or practice place.

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



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:
Fried rice (leftover Thai white and brown rice cooked in coconut milk and Calrose rice, chopped onion, red bell pepper, poblano pepper, garlic, ginger, scallions, scrambled egg, shoyu); tofu and mushrooms (deep-fried tofu triangles, crimini and shitake mushrooms sauteed with garlic, vegetarian oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and shoyu); haricot verts sauteed in sesame oil with garlic, shoyu and lime juice. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Calrose and Arborio rice with chopped scallions; beef bulgogi (thinly sliced beef with bulgogi sauce, shoyu, garlic, ginger, chopped onions and mushrooms); white kimchi with Asian pears.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Monastery-made rye sourdough bread; bean soup (yellow split peas, red lentils, mung beans, navy beans, chickpeas, chunks of potato, carrot, and Spanish onion, vegetable stock, thyme, oregano, cumin, lots of black pepper; monastery-made almond yogurt to garnish the soup; kimchi salad (baechu kimchi, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber, steamed bokchoy and lime juice). 


Gassho (bowing 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.

Thank you to John Porcellino, Drawn and Quarterly, and Raincoast Books for complimentary copies of his new book "From Lone Mountain", featuring a comic based on Anzan Hoshin roshi and Yasuda Joshu Dainen roshi's translation of Eihei Dogen zenji's Genjokoan.


From Shikai sensei:
Thank you to; Anzan roshi for lending the book from which the above cartoon is published; Jinmyo osho for making almond flour; Mishin ino for finding and digitizing a security clearance form from Bath; Fushin shramon making himself available for all sorts of small tasks outside of a samu period which includes picking up cat food, purchasing KatKits, and sorting computer tasks.

From Mishin ino:
Thank you to Anzan Hoshin roshi for the recorded teisho "Tiantong Zongjue's Before the Bubble Forms" in "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China", presented during the February O-sesshin, which we listened to during the March sesshin. Thank you to Shikai sensei for organizing sesshin refreshment. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the March sesshin and for the delicious oryoki meals prepared for practitioners.

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.

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