eMirror Vol 27, No. 27 (2023-07-07)

Mishin godo demonstrating zazen posture in the Zendo.
Mishin godo demonstrating zazen posture in the Zendo.

eMirror Vol 27, No. 27

Friday, July 7th, 2023
Edited by the Practice Council

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

We can weave so many webs that when we try to take a step we become entangled in them, and we stick there, unable to move, hesitating. Sometimes we hesitate, and sometimes we are anxious, sometimes we are anxiously hesitant, or hesitantly anxious. And so everything becomes balled up in this web of intelligence. When we are that stupid, the Buddha recommends that we just wait a minute, and pay attention to this moment. And that we begin paying attention to this moment by being mindful of the breath.

In the Sutta there is now a passage which is very similar to what is found throughout the Pali collection of Discourses. It is repeated again and again and again (the Roshi laughs) as everything in the Pali Suttas is. The Buddha says, “Here Rahula, a monk goes into the forest to the roots of a tree, or to an empty room, sits down cross-legged and holds the body upright, keeping mindfulness present. Breathing in one is mindful, breathing out one is mindful. Breathing out a long breath one understands, ‘I breathe out a long breath.’ Breathing out a short breath, one understands, ‘I breathe out a short breath.’ Breathing in a short breath, one understands, ‘I breathe in a short breath.’ One practises, “I breathe out with full experience of the whole body.” One practises, ‘I breathe in with full experience of the whole body.’”
This is the beginning of how to be mindful of the breath. This is where we begin in Zen practice. We begin at the beginning of the beginning.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing Teisho Six: "Beginning at the Beginning" in the series "Flowers and Worms", Hanamatsuri sesshin, April 11th to 14th, 1991, Zazen-ji.


The Hatto (for formal sittings)
The Hatto (for formal sittings)


The Zendo (for associate and general sittings)

The Zendo (for associate and general sittings)


Practice Schedule and Upcoming Events

Formal Sittings for WWZC Students: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Mornings The formal sittings begin at 6:00 a.m. You would need to arrive by 5:45 in time for First Bell. The sitting ends at 7:25 with the Chants. Following that there is a Daruma-kata Aiki review which ends at about 7:50. If you need to leave before the kata, please let us know that in advance by sending an email to schedule@wwzc.org.
Saturday Morning General Sitting for WWZC Students: The general sitting begins at 9:30 a.m. You would need to arrive by 9:15 a.m., in time for First Bell. The sitting ends at 11:45 a.m. Some general students attend the 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning formal sitting, stay for breakfast and then attend the general sitting. If you stay for breakfast you will need to make a $5.00 dana contribution for the meal. Proceeds from meals go to White Wind Zen Community.
Monday and Thursday Evening Associate Sittings for WWZC Students: The associate sitting begins at 7:30 p.m. You would need to arrive by 7:15 p.m., in time for First Bell. The sitting ends at 9:10 p.m.
Friday (Hosan): There are no formal sittings scheduled at the monastery on Fridays, but you are expected to sit at home if you have committed to sitting zazen daily.
Sunday Formal Sitting: The Sunday morning formal sittings are reserved for monastics, formal students, and probationary formal students.

Fusatsu (Renewal of Vows):  July 19th and August 2nd.

Introduction to Zen Workshop Ottawa:
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, August 5th at 1:45 p.m. To register: https://IntroductionToZenWorkshop.eventbrite.ca; for more information please see https://wwzc.org/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 8th from 10pm until Sunday,  July 9th at 8am. Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei 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.

The Roshi is continuing an extended period of hermitage due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Long Distance Training Program:
For students living an hour or more commuting distance from the monastery in Ottawa, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

What to do if you Arrive After the Sitting Begins

If you arrive after the sitting starts and the door is locked, 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.

White Wind Zen Community Website Update

“Cultivation of the Ground of Mind”: transcript of a teisho Presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, on June 4, 1989 

The Practice of Boards and Stones” teisho presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, on June 18, 1989

"Difficulty, Strangeness, Beauty": transcript of a Dharma Talk presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, December 13, 1988: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/difficulty-strangeness-beauty

"Standing in the Rain (Tangaryo)": transcript of Dharma Talk presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, December 15th, 1988: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/standing-rain-tangaryo

"Snow": transcript of Dharma Talk presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, November 18, 1989: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/snow


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, July 4th in Berkshires, Massachusetts; Rodney Gallant sat a half-day retreat on Tuesday, July 4th at his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Beth Buerkle sat a partial retreat on Tuesday, July 4th at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick; during his month-long period of residential training, public general student Julien Jefferson sat a three-day retreat at Dainen-ji from Saturday, July 1st to Monday, July 3rd and a one-day retreat on Wednesday, July 5th. 

If you are a student of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi and  would like to sit a retreat at Dainen-ji,, please email schedule@wwzc.org to register a week in advance. For further information please visit this page: https://wwzc.org/retreats

If you would like to sit a retreat at home please follow the schedule outlined in this page:
https://wwzc.org/retreat-schedule-public-students.  After your retreat, please send an email to schedule@wwzc.org to confirm that you sat a retreat and include the duration and location.

Congratulations and Deep Gassho to the Following Students

Congratulations and deep gassho to Alain Beland of Casselman, Ontario on being accepted as a public associate student by the Roshi. Congratulations and deep gassho to Helen Jelich of Ottawa on being accepted as an associate student by the Roshi. Congratulations and deep gassho to Glenn Murphy of Dunrobin, Ontario on being accepted as an associate student by the Roshi.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, Saturday, July 8th to Saturday, July 15th, 2023

Saturday, July 8th general sitting: “Wandering on Medicine Mountain”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on "Medicine Mountain": The Recorded Sayings and Doings of Zen Master Yaoshan Weiyan: “What About You?” (teisho 1 of 22, 22 minutes)
Saturday, July 8th Yaza: "Yaza 2012: Morning Star" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin.  
Monday, July 10th associate sitting: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Self-doubt and No-self” (11 of 71, 17 minutes)
Thursday, July 13th associate sitting: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Self-doubt and No-self” (11 of 71, 17 minutes)
Saturday, July 15th general sitting: “Wandering on Medicine Mountain”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on "Medicine Mountain": The Recorded Sayings and Doings of Zen Master Yaoshan Weiyan: “Planting Flowers on a Stone” (teisho 2 of 22, 23 minutes)

Listening to Teisho and Dharma Talks

​Associate and general students should continue to follow the recorded Teachings schedule for the sitting you were attending at the monastery, and listen to that during your home practice.

You can access the online Recorded Teachings Library at wwzc.org/recorded-teachings-schedule. 

You can also use the streaming site at app.wwzc.org to live stream recordings from the online Library. If you have forgotten your password or need assistance with accessing the recorded Teachings, please email schedule@wwzc.org.

Please note that teisho should be listened to in the correct order and with none missed out as themes, metaphors, questions raised and answered evolve in spirals throughout the series.

Recorded Teachings for Public Access

While most of the online Recorded Teachings library is password-protected and only accessible to students of the Lineage of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin, a small selection of MP3 recordings of teisho are accessible to the public at wwzc.org/recorded-teachings Additional recordings will be uploaded periodically. MP3 recordings of four recorded teisho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi are currently available:

Dharma Position https://wwzc.org/dharma-position
Eyes See, Ears Hear https://wwzc.org/eyes-see-ears-hear
Embarrassment https://wwzc.org/embarrassment
Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi's reading of his translation of Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: https://wwzc.org/bendowa-talk-exerting-way

Translations and Texts

Photograph of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Daijozan, mid-1980s, by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
Photograph of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Daijozan, mid-1980s,
by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi has recently completed translation work on some shorter texts by Eihei Dogen zenji from the Shobogenzo. The work on these particular texts is based upon the literal translations that he worked on with Joshu Dainen roshi at Hakukaze-ji around 1977-78 followed by many years of putting them down, picking them up, and polishing. Naturally, more essential texts such as Uji, Genjokoan, Shinjin Gakudo and some 40 others were completed first and have been given extensive commentaries by the Roshi. This batch of texts includes Baike: Plum Blossoms, Ryugin: Howling Dragon, and Udonge: The Udumbara Blossoming and many others are nearing completion. Annotation details and successfully conveying them across various document formats are the issue at this point.

Work on Bussho: Buddha Nature, a very long and nuanced text by Dogen zenji, is ongoing.

Roshi is also finishing an update to the Saijo Shingi: The Deportment of Radiance, our manual of monastic training standards which is a supplement to the ancient Eihei Shingi and Keizan Shingi.

Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

Begun by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei
Finished by Ven. Fushin Comeau shuso following her death


Zazen-ji (J): ”Zen Sitting Temple” — former main practice centre of White Wind Zen Community from 1988 to 1996

Posted July 7th, 2023. New entries are posted every two weeks.

Fundraising 2023: Roofs

Total donated to date: $2,300

After receiving several estimates for the repairs to the remaining areas of the roof, we now know that the total cost will be between $30,000 and $35,000 (depending on when the work begins, as estimates are only good for three to six months and costs keep increasing). All of the other (grey) sections of roof have already been taken care of. We have needed to redo the roofs a section at a time because the costs of replacing them, given the size and extreme angle of our roofs is very high. 

Any contribution that you can make will be gratefully received. 

Thank you and Gassho

Roof Sketch


Tenzo (Japanese characters)

Office of the Tenzo

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzo Kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo (Tenzo kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo | White Wind Zen Community) 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 sensei serves as Tenzo and Mishin godo and Saigyo ino offer assistance as tenzo-anja. 

The WWZC does not advocate any particular diet. However all meals prepared during practice events, such as Dharma Assemblies, sesshin, or retreats are vegetarian as most people can eat this. On Tuesday evenings there is an optional meat dish, as some people find that a purely vegetarian diet, especially as they get older, is not sufficient for their health. If you are adhering to a strictly vegan diet, you can write to the tenzo, Jinmyo Renge sensei, at jinmyo.renge@wwzc.org a week prior to attending an event to request vegan foods. If you are lactose intolerant or have allergies to foods, you should write to the tenzo about dietary restrictions a week before attending events.

The following meals were prepared on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Evenings:

Monday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (arborio rice, pearled barley, calrose rice, Thai jasmine rice); Tofu katsu (extra firm tofu cut into batonnets, coated in a seasoned batter and then in seasoned panko (breadcrumbs), lightly fried until golden brown), served with a dipping sauce of tomato sauce, shoyu and sesame oil; a salad of very thinly sliced red cabbage, green cabbage and carrots, with a dressing made from shiru miso mixed with rice vinegar. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Vegetarian option: Spaghetti with a tomato-lentil sauce (diced onions and celery, minced garlic, San Marzano tomatoes, Passatta, basil, thyme, oregano, lots of black pepper, mushroom stock, served with Vegan ‘Parmesan’ cheese made from cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder and salt); 
For those who wished to supplement their diet with meat, seared ground beef, pork and hot Italian sausage meat was added to a portion of the above tomato sauce. 
The meal was also served with a salad of Romaine and leaf lettuce, cubed friulano cheese and black olives. 

Thursday (33 degrees Celsius):
Lentil kofte (cooked lentils and fine bulgur mixed with chopped, caramelised onions, hot red pepper paste, tomato paste, finely chopped scallions, finely chopped parsley, olive oil, ground cumin, rolled into small balls coated with lime juice and served chilled, with Romaine lettuce leaves from our rooftop garden); toasted naan served at room temperature; a chilled bean butter made from white kidney beans blended with bran oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, sea salt, turmeric, Italian seasoning, celery salt, dried thyme, topped with minced red onion, black olives and diced tomatoes; Roshi’s chilled kimchi gazpacho (chopped kimchi mixed with chopped vine ripened tomatoes, finely chopped red onion, chopped celery and scallions, minced garlic, black pepper, lime juice, tomato juice, and a little Mirin). 


Monk in gassho - drawing

Thank You

If you would like to thank someone for a contribution they have made, please feel free to send an email to Jinmyo sensei at rengezo@gmail dot com, but be sure to type "eMirror” in the subject line.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for the many teisho he has presented at the annual Yaza practice event over the years, and for making Yaza available to students - one of my favourite things on the WWZC practice calendar.

From Julien Jefferson: 
Thank you to Anzan Hoshin roshi for establishing this place of practice and for creating the residential training program. Thank you to the Tenzo and the tenzo-anja for preparing delicious dishes for residents and the Sangha. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for meeting me in dai-san, for clarifying some important aspects of residential training, and for sharing a memory of Shikai O-sensei. Thank you to Mishin godo for leading the recent Introduction to Zen workshop and for offering posture correction and instruction. Thank you to Saigyo ino for preparing morning coffee, for organizing samu, and for clarifying forms and where things go.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Glenn Murphy for a donation to the Roof Fund. Thank you to Graham Clark for a donation.

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