Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presenting a class on Zen Arts at Zazen-ji, 1998,
Photograph by the late Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei
eMirror Vol 25, No. 39
Friday, September 24th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
Body and mind are not separate, nor are they joined by a seam. They are aspects of each other, seamlessly intimate. The bodymind and the world are aspects of each other. The only world that you can possibly live in is the one that arises within your experiencing. When we say “the world,” the only thing that we can meaningfully speak of is not a thing, it is an array of experiences: colours and forms, sounds, sensations, tastes, fragrances and cognitive activities. When we say “bodymind” we are speaking of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and the capacities to think and feel. For the usual person there is a disjunction between body and mind, between bodymind and world, and very very often if they see one thing they don’t see anything around it, or if they are listening then they do not feel the hands or feet. The Dharma points to, reveals, examines, investigates, and expresses the reality of the intimacy which is the nature of each and all of us and of every thingless thing and formless form. There are many ways of speaking of this.
-Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi, Class One: "Flowering of the Senses" in the series "Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses", October 1999 Daruma-ki O-sesshin, Dainen-ji.
October 6th and 20th and November 3rd.
The Daruma-ki O-sesshin will begin on Friday, October 1st, at 8:00 p.m. It will end on Friday, October 8th at noon.
A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to do telephone interviews or reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.
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
We shall be holding a Samu Weekend on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th. The samu will be taking place in the grounds to continue with the project to landscape the front garden and there will also be a few "socially distanced" projects taking place inside the building. The samu periods will be from 9:00a.m. to noon and from 1:30p.m to 6:00p.m.. on each day. If you would like to attend please write to Saigyo ino at saigyo dot cross at gmail dot com to let him know your availability. As we will be limiting the number of students who will be working together please contact the Ino soon with your availability so that you can reserve your place. Thank you very much.
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 email@example.com. Thank you.
Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, September 21st at her home in the Berkshires. Brian Lakeman sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, September 19th at his home in Brampton, 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, September 25th to Saturday, October 2nd
Saturday, September 25th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "You Turning the Wheel of the Way" (teisho 44 of 44)
Monday, September 27th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Seeing a Dangerous Road" (Dharma Talk 56)
Thursday, September 30th: "The Touchstone 19, Fudo Myo-o" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, October 2nd: "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 part one" (1 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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
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
(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.
Shukke tokudo (J): Monastic ordination.
Posted September 17th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.
From Dainen-ji's rooftop 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.
Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice with butter and peas; black bean soup (sauteed chopped onions, mushrooms, carrot, celery, poblano and cubanelle peppers, minced garlic, black beans (some were pureed), tomato juice, chipotle adobo, red balsamic vinegar, thyme, black pepper; cubed Friulano cheese with sweet gherkins.
Warm naan with butter; spicy fruit soup (mango juice, chopped sauteed onions, chickpeas, turmeric, cayenne, madras curry powder and a little cream); coleslaw made from green cabbage, slivers of carrot and daikon, mayonnaise, lime juice, lime pickle; vegetarian option: hummus; meat option - chicken thighs seasoned with a spice rub made from bran oil, turmeric, cayenne, madras curry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, coriander powder.
Fresh ramen in a garlic/vegetarian oyster sauce with sliced yellow beans, white onion and mushrooms; mushroom soup with gai lan (mushroom stock, ginger, shitake powder, garlic, chopped onion, chopped gai lan); kimchi.
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 David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for illuminating through his teisho the sayings and doings of many of the Awakened Ancestors in this Lineage. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for always making time to meet with me when needed, even at unusual hours. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for regularly leading kata during the morning sittings. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing the upcoming Samu Weekend. Thank you to Fushin shramon for regularly replacing burnt out light bulbs at Dainen-ji.
From Julian Jefferson:
Thank you to the Roshi for turning the Wheel of Dharma and presenting the Teachings. Thank you to Mishin godo for offering patience and instruction during a practice interview. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing the landscaping samu that shows how mind can be "fences, walls, piles of stone".
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Tarik Kaya for a donation towards the Samu Weekend.