eMirror Vol 25, No. 43 (2021-10-22)

Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi brushing a bija in the snow, Zazen-ji, 1992, Photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi brushing a bija in the snow, Zazen-ji, 1992,
Photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei

eMirror Vol 25, No. 43

Friday, October 22nd, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Zen Master Dogen says in his essay Gabyo or Painted Cakes,

Only a few have heard that “painted rice cakes do not satisfy hunger” and none have really understood what it meant. I've asked several people about it and everybody was quite certain about it without even bothering to look into it. They were like someone overhearing a conversation that they were not involved in. You should understand that this “painted rice cake” is the face that you were born with and the Original Face you had before your parents were even born. A rice cake, although made of rice, is neither born nor unborn, neither exists nor does not. As a rice cake, it is the moment displaying itself as impermanence; and yet what it is as such never moves. It cannot be understood if it is only understood as something that comes and goes.

In painting a rice cake you use the same materials as you would to paint a landscape. You can use blue pigment to paint mountains and rivers and powdered rice to paint a rice cake. The work of composition is the same. This being so, sesame cakes, vegetable cakes, milk cakes and so on are all this “painted rice cake.” There is no difference between paintings, rice cakes, or any thing1 at all and you should understand that these rice cakes in front of you that you are about to eat are all “painted rice cakes.” If you are looking for these “painted rice cakes” anywhere else you still don't know how to eat a rice cake. Sometimes they appear as rice cakes, sometimes not. However, they completely transcend any coming or going, old or new and it is in this that the realm of “painted rice cakes” reveals itself.

The Zen arts are an expression of what is true about our lives and point to the intimacy which paints colours and forms, that sings as sounds and silence, that dances as sensations. This can be explored and expressed in calligraphy, in painting, and in ikebana or object arrangements. But it can also be expressed in photography. In photo montage. In the digital visual arts. In kohdo, the Way of incense, or in kaiseki cuisine but also in a raw tomato sauce with basil and rosemary dressing taglietelle. In chado or the Way of tea but also in how we drink our cup of instant coffee. In chanting practise and the shakuhachi but also on the piano or flute and also in simply how we listen to music. It can be expressed through the shingi or standards of deportment but also in dance, in how we climb the stairs, in how we unroll the toilet paper, in how we run or shoot hoops in basketball.

1 Dharmas.

-Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing Class One: "Flowering of the Senses" in the series "Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses", October 1999 Daruma-ki O-sesshin, Dainen-ji.

Upcoming Events

November 3rd, November 17th, December 1st.

November Two-day Sesshin
The November two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th.

November 18th is the Memorial for the death of Anzan Daiko zenji.

The Roshi is currently in an extended period of "self-isolation" due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Beginning Instruction in Zen Practice
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Request for assistance with landscaping in the front garden

A large project to landscape the front gardens is underway at Dainen-ji after the water gardens were removed due to damage and the amount of yearly upkeep required to keep it functional. Much work has already been done but there is still a great deal to do, so if any students can offer time to assist with this project please write to Saigyo ino at saigyo.cross@gmail.com. Thank you. 


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, October 19th at her home in the Berkshires. Tarik Kaya sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, October 17th at his home in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is not possible at this time to schedule retreats in the monastery. 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.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, October 23rd to Saturday, October 30th

Saturday, October 23rd: "Drawn In, Moving Forth": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: "Reading of Bendowa, conclusion" (4 of 28)
Monday, October 25th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Seeing High Mountains" (Dharma Talk 60)
Thursday, October 28th: "The Point of the Posture and What It Points To" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, October 30th: "Drawn In, Moving Forth": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: "Cutting, Exerting. An Introduction" (5 of 28)

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.


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. Many of these will be posted on our website over the next few months.

Newly-Presented Teachings

During the January 2020 Sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          January 11th: “Rujing's Broken Broom of Mu”.
During the December 2019 Rohatsu O-sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity, Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          December 2nd: Rujing’s Plum Blossoms Again
          December 3rd: Rujing’s Flower for Pindola
          December 4th: Rujing’s Painting Plum Blossoms
          December 5th: Rujing’s Frogs and Worms
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

Dharma Talk by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei Posted on the WWZC Website

Dharma Talk Presented by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei on the occasion of receiving Inka: “Receiving the Dharma Seal: Hekiganroku Case 2: Zhaozhou’s ‘The Vast Way is Without Difficulty’”, Dainen-ji, Sogaku O-sesshin, Thursday May 20th 2021.
Read the transcript: Receiving the Seal
Listen to the recording (accessible only to students of this Lineage): Receiving the Seal

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:

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



Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

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

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.

Shura (J) The lock of hair cut from an ordainee by the Abbot during monastic ordination.

Posted October 14th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Vegetables from the monastery's roof garden
Harvesting still from the roof garden,
Photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo

Office of the Tenzo

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzo kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo (https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/tenzo-kyokun-instructions-tenzo) 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 following meals were prepared for residents on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Monday Yakuseki:
Buttered Lundberg Farms brown rice with peas and sauteed diced shitake mushroom topping; butternut squash soup with white kidney beans and caramelized onions; Friulano cheese with black olives.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Thai white and brown rice; Thai curry (coconut milk, lime juice, red Thai curry paste, minced coriander stems, chopped white onion, chopped poblano peppers, shredded bamboo shoots, bok choy and Napa cabbage. Choice of tofu or baked basa fillets; salad of Romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, celery, radishes, thinly sliced white onion. Dressing made from coconut milk, lime juice, minced red onion, small amount of brown sugar.

Garlic noodles (spaghettini mixed with a sauce made from vegetarian oyster sauce, sambal oelek sauce, lots of minced garlic, low sodium shoyu, sesame oil); seaweed soup (kombu stock, shoyu, shitake mushroom stock, thinly sliced ginger, chili paste, sesame oil, wakame seaweed); yu chow with butter and Memmi; roasted peanuts. 

Saigyo Ino bowing

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 Mishin godo:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for caring for the monastery cats Shindo and Kiden. Thank you to Fushin shramon for cleaning and preparing the candles used in the practice rooms. Thank you to Daryl David for picking up the monastery's Bulk Barn order and covering some of the cost. 

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Mishin godo for a donation towards the cost of hiring an external bookkeeping company to take on some of the WWZC bookkeeping. Thank you to an anonymous donor for a donation in memory of Ven. Shikai sensei. Thank you to the following for donations towards the landscaping project: Mishin godo, Carol Hodgson, Julien Jefferson, Ian Richard, Loic Ouellette. Thank you to Hannah Kent for a donation towards the Samu Day.