eMirror Vol 27, No. 32 (2023-08-11)

The Maharahulavada sutta (painting)
The Maharahulavada sutta

eMirror Vol 27, No. 32

Friday, August 11th, 2023
Edited by the Practice Council

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

The Sutta says, “‘This is the practice of mindfulness of breath, Rahula. This is how sincere practice of mindfulness of breath leads to a vast harvest and great richness. If mindfulness of breath is practised continually, your last breath will be a knowing, not an unknowing .’

“Thus   spoke   the   Generous   One.   His  heart  gladdened,   the Venerable Rahula enjoyed the speech of the Generous One.”

“Gee! thanks Dad!”

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding 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):  August 16th, and 30th, September 13th and 27th.

August Two-day Sesshin:
The August two-day sesshin began at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13th.

September Two-day Sesshin
The September two-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8th and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th.

Introduction to Zen Workshop Ottawa:
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, September 2nd at 1:45 p.m. To register: https://IntroductionToZenWorkshop.eventbrite.ca; for more information please see https://wwzc.org/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa

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.


Artik Chauhan sat a half-day retreat on Thursday, August 10th at Dainen-ji.

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.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, August 12th, 2023 to Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Saturday, August 12th 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: “Yaoshan's Single Phrase” (teisho 6 of 22, 19 minutes)
Monday, August 14th associate sitting: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Using It Without Knowing It" (18 of 71, 8 minutes)
Thursday, August 17th associate sitting: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Using It Without Knowing It" (18 of 71, 8 minutes)
Saturday, August 19th 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: “Yaoshan Sits Down and Gets Up” (teisho 7 of 22, 26 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.

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

Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

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


Zen (J); Ch’an (C); Dhyana (S) — sitting practice.

Posted August 3rd, 2023. New entries are posted every two weeks.

Fundraising 2023: Roofs

Total donated to date: $6,100.00

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


Drawing of someone carrying a large heavy steaming pot

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:
Short-grain brown rice with scallions, shoyu, mirin, wasabi;  mustard greens soup (vegetable stock, slivered ginger, shoyu, rice vinegar, vegan bouillon powder, mushroom stock, chopped mustard greens, chopped Spanish onion, with sliced deep-fried tofu; baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Calrose, Arborio, Basmati and pearled barley); karaage (deep-fried pieces of chicken thigh in a batter made from black pepper, grated ginger, minced garlic, shoyu, sake, egg, potato starch, all-purpose flour); salad of romaine, chicory, radicchio, thinly sliced celery, slivered white onion, and chopped tomatoes with a dressing made from blended chopped onion, ginger, celery, bran oil, tomato paste, rice vinegar, shoyu, a bit of sugar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and black pepper.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Corn chowder (broth from corn cobs cooked in vegetable broth in an instant pot, corn kernels, chopped potatoes, carrots, celery, leeks, garlic, thyme, basil, vegan bouillon powder, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, small amount of cream); baked naan with friulano cheese; salad of romaine, chicory, radicchio, thinly sliced celery, slivered white onion, and chopped tomatoes with a dressing made from mayonnaise, dijon, mustard, apple cider, black pepper, and honey.


Gassho sign (hands in gassho in in a circle)

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 Mishin godo:
Thank you to Fushin shuso for clearing the Daly Avenue storm drain of acorns and oak leaves this afternoon so that the sidewalk-to-sidewalk sea of water could drain.

From Saigyo ino:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for design decisions during the renovation of the 1st floor washroom. Thank you to David Gallant for organising the exchange and removal of broken green bins. Thank you to Kathleen Johnson for gardening samu and to Stacey Loyer for researching native plants that we can use in the grounds and for a trip to the garden centre to pick up several new plants. Thank you to Challian Christ for milling the baseboard and casing for the current washroom renovation. Thank you to Ian Richard and Mario Delisle for regular samu on a variety of projects in the building and grounds.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for leading the upcoming August Sesshin, and for continually looking for ways to improve Dainen-ji and the way that we take care of even the smallest things.

From Challian Christ:
Thank you to Saigyo ino for all of his instruction in drywall mudding during my last samu period. Thank you Jinmyo sensei and Mishin godo for the wonderful meals during my most recent retreat. Thank you to  Julien Jefferson for serving as jikido throughout the retreat.

From Artik Chauhan
"Thank you Ino for clarifying doubts in the practice interview. Thank you Mishin godo for thorough instructions and delicious breakfast for my first half day retreat."

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Claude Schryer for a donation.

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