eMirror Vol 24, No. 19 (2020-05-08)


Reigando, photograph by Ven. Endai Mayeda shuso
Reigando, photograph by Ven. Endai Mayeda shuso

eMirror Vol 24, No. 19

Friday, May 8th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Now, the following lines are quite interesting:

Each sense base and its object
are related and yet distinct;
when related they are one,
yet still each remains in its own place.

In Japanese, the first line is momon issai no kyo. So mon of course means gate: "each gate". So at first I thought, "Perhaps it means this. Each thing is a gate which opens out to kyo. Kyo means objects or things that are associated with or belong to something else, in this case the gate. So each apparent thing, each dharma, is a gate which opens out into a realm, which opens out into everything. And so everything is related and yet still distinct – the details are still vivid. A fish is not a stone, and yet fish contains stone, stone contains fish. In relationship then they are one, yet still each has its own place.

I discussed this with Joshu roshi, and he said, "YOU ASSHOLE! So full of shit! It says mon, but mon means gate, sense gate, like eye, like ear, like nose. Kyo means thing you see, thing you hear, thing you smell. You see, in the following lines it speaks about form, speaks about four elements. This is Abhidharma, this is Abhidharma. This is not about interpenetration. It's not that big a text. It's simple. It's like Surangama Sutra."

In the Surangama Sutra, the Buddha says that when you see, the activity of seeing is an ayatana, a field of seeing, and this field of seeing has three aspects: a sense base such as an eye, a sense object such as a colour, and a sense consciousness – the seeing of the colour. Now these three aspects all come together as the activity of the seeing. Seeing is this interaction. It is not as if in order to see, the eye has to move out of the head and touch the colour, nor is it as if the colour has to come and strike the eye. Everything comes together, yet nothing gets mixed up.

And so, although mon would usually be translated as "gate", we used a translation which was more consistent with the style of Abhidharma: "each sense base", which actually would be kon instead of mon.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 2: "We Each Are Each Other" Saturday, July 20th, 1996 in the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai".

Upcoming Events

May 20th.

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

Sogaku-ki O-sesshin
The Sogaku-ki O-sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15th and ends at noon on Friday, May 22nd. 

May 18th is the memorial for the death of Sogaku Myoshin Hakukaze daiosho, the 80th Lineage Ancestor and, it is said, the author of “Scattered Notes On The Daruma-kata”. Sogaku Hakukaze daisho lived during the Tokugawa era.  He received transmission from Manzan Dohaku daiosho and gave transmission to Anzan Daiko daiosho.

Fudo ennichi
May 26th is a day traditionally dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. Fudo Myo-o (J) Acala Vidyaraja (S) A manifestation of “Mahavairocana” or all pervading Awareness as a wrathful guardian figure; a symbol of boundless energy, determination and compassion. Used as a symbol of the Teacher’s mind in this Lineage. Fudo stands glaring and snarling like a demon; it holds the sword of insight in one hand and the cord of the Precepts in the other; it has chained itself to a rock in the midst of the raging flames of the deepest hell to work for the liberation of all beings there. 


Charlane Bishop sat a seven-day training period from Monday, April 27th to Sunday, May 3rd at her home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Mohamed Zakzouk sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at his home in Calgary, Alberta. Carol Hodgson sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, May 2nd at her home in Ottawa. Tracey Parker sat half-day retreats on Monday, May 4th and on Wednesday, May 6th at her home in Perth, 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. We can arrange for a telephone interview or daisan providing this does not conflict with the sesshin or O-sesshin schedule listed above, under “Upcoming Events”. 

Listening to Teisho

​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 Schedule

Saturday, May 9th: "Birth and Death: The Works": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Zenki: Complete Activity” and “Shoji: Birth and Death”: "Simply Be Awake" (9 of 9)
Sunday, May 10th: SAkN: "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi "Strategies of Transcendence" (8 of 9)
Monday, May 11th: “The Tiny Book of Stopping and Looking” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Balance” (Dharma Talk 3 of 3)
Thursday, May 14th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Sky Talking" (49 of 71)
Saturday, May 16th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Reading of Dogen zenji's Raihai Tokuzui"(1 of 13)

Online Access to Recorded Teachings

Students can access the password-protected online Recorded Teachings library on the WWZC website at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings or through the streaming site at http://app.wwzc.org. The custom-built media streaming site allows students to live stream recordings from the WWZC Recorded Teachings collection. It is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, and works with most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It can also be used on desktops.

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

Newly Posted Transcript on the WWZC Website

"Zen is Not Kidding" by Shikai Zuiko sensei https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/zen-not-kidding

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)

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

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.

Shinnen (J) “Truly human” or “true person”.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.com.

Office of the Tenzo

We will discontinue the list of meals prepared prior to evening sittings and instead post recipes or information about food that we hope you will find useful during this period of social distancing.

Garlic Green beans

Garlic Green beans

You can use any kind of bean for this side dish - green or yellow runner beans or snow peas or sugar snap peas and it goes with Asian or western food.

Top and tail runner beans. For sugar snap peas, if they’re tough, cut the ends off and pull the ‘string’ (fiber) that runs along one side. Give them a thorough rinse in cold water.

Put the beans in a pot and cover with cold water. Add some salt.
Bring the water to a boil. When the beans are cooked they will brighten in colour. You can take one out and cut a piece off to test them. They should be cooked but firm, and bright in colour.
Now drain them in a colander, and transfer to a bowl filled with cold water to shock them. If the water gets warm, add more cold water. They need to be chilled to bring out the colour. 

If you want to do the preparation above in advance, you can just leave the beans in cold water until supper time so they don’t discolour. 

To finish them off, drain the beans and spread them on a clean dish towel to remove most of the water.

Put some oil (I use bran oil) in a skillet, bring it to a high temperature, add the beans and sprinkle a pinch of salt on them. Sear them for two or three minutes, and once you can see some browning on them, turn the heat down to medium-high and add minced garlic. How much you add is up to you, but when I make runner beans for five people, I use approximately a tablespoon and a half of minced garlic. Cook until the garlic starts to brown and then take off the heat. Sprinkle with a little black or white pepper, stir and serve. 

You can also add strips of red onion or bell pepper for colour and additional flavour.


Little monks 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 the Roshi for the thousands of teisho and classes, and to Shikai sensei, and Jinmyo osho for the many hundreds of Dharma Talks that are available on the White Wind Zen Community website to the general public as transcripts, and to students as recordings to strengthen practice. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for advice and instruction, and for doing telephone and email daisan with many students every week; to Saigyo ino for building a chicken wire enclosure for the 3rd floor container garden so that squirrels won't eat all of the vegetables, and for work with Shuso and Shramon to start the water garden so we hear the sound of water flowing. To Endai shuso for looking after daily laundering of cloths used in the kitchen and for general cleaning around the monastery; to Fushin shramon for keeping the bird feeders full for the birds that enjoy Dainen-ji's grounds.

From Endai shuso:
Thank you to Shikai sensei for curating the selection of Zen terms that appear each week in the eMirror in the section “Painted Cakes”. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan and for editing the eMirror each week. Thank you to Mishin ino for caring for a number of sprouting plants as they are made hardy for planting outside. Thank you to Saigyo ino for building a protective structure for the vegetables to keep out squirrels and other local animals. 

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for presenting the SAkN series of teisho I am currently listening to. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for regular instruction, for daisan this week, and for the wonderful variety of meals prepared each week at Dainen-ji. Thank you to Mishin godo, Saigyo ino, Endai Shuso and Fushin shramon for carrying up meal trays three times a day to my room during my self-isolation period.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Endai shuso, David Gallant, Matt Broda, Kathleen Johnson, David Turner, and Bruce O'Roak for donations.

Ongoing Project:
"All is Change"

Dainen-ji, being a 140-year-old building, is continuously in need of maintenance and the costs associated with this can be astronomical when such things as porch repairs or exterior painting are needed. This is something that we cannot afford to do, yet must do and so the "All is Change" project has been created. The "All is Change" project is very simple. Most of us have a bowl or a jar or some other kind of container that we keep somewhere at home and fill up with loose change because it's too heavy to carry around. Several hundred dollars has been collected so far both in loose change and Canadian tire money which has been put towards the building maintenance fund. If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, each penny will be appreciated. The “All is Change” container is on the wooden wall shelf under the Sangha Board in the cloak room.