White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

Upcoming Events


Chanting of the Precepts will take place on February 28th, March 14th, and March 2018.

Fusatsu (J) literally “Chanting together”, a practice of aligning with and renewing the Bodhisattva Precepts for monastics and formal students is usually held on or near new and full moon days on a Wednesday and is practised during the 6:00 am formal sitting in the Hatto. General students are welcome to attend.

Introduction to Zen Workshop

The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. Attending the workshop is the first step for anyone wishing to practice at Dainen-ji. For more information, please see Introduction to Zen workshop.

If you live outside of the Ottawa area, find out how you can practice and receive instruction through our Long Distance Training Program.


The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, February 28th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

March Two-Day Sesshin

The March two-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th.

Associate and General Sitting During the Sesshin

On Saturday, March 10th, 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.


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. 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.