eMirror Vol 24, No. 21 (2020-05-22)


Fiddleheads, photograph on monastery grounds by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo
Photograph on monastery grounds by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo

eMirror Vol 24, No. 21

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Waking Up is not a matter of up or down, front or back, left or right, in or out. Waking Up is awakening as that which is found everywhere, but bound nowhere. Nothing can contain it - because it is as everything… because it is not a thing: there are no things at all, because there is nothing other than it. What appears to be solid and opposed to and separate from everything around it, is the activity of everything around it, and of that which is nothing, and so is everything.

When we open up around our obsessions; when we move past the configurations of fabricated mental space, to the richness of the colours and forms and sounds of physical space; and when we open physical space into the space of experiencing, it can seem as if something new has happened, but we are merely returning to what was, is, and will be always already the case.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning teisho 3: "Waking Up is Not a Matter of 'Up'", Saturday, August 24th, 1996 in the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai".

Upcoming Events

June 3rd, June 24th.

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

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.

O-sesshin and Retreats

Deshi Isshin aligned with the schedule of the monastery to sit the seven day Sogakuki O-sesshin in her apartment in Ottawa. Deshi Senbo sat four days of the O-sesshin in his home in Chelsea, Quebec. Deshi Leonardo Nobrega sat two days of the O-sesshin in his home in Gatineau.

Carol Hodgon sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, May 14th at her home in Ottawa. Tracey Parker sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, May 16th and a partial retreat on Monday, May 18th 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 23rd to Saturday, May 30th

Saturday, May 23rd: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "The Consequences of Realization" (2 of 13)
Sunday, May 24th: SAkN: "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi "Feeling into Knowing: Sagara Mudra Samadhi" (9 of 9)
Monday, May 25th: "All Around, All At Once": part 2 "The Whole World is Already Ready" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
Thursday, May 28th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Hello Goodbye" (51 of 71)
Saturday, May 30th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "The Right Teacher" (3 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.

Bagel With Bean Butter  topped with Diced black Olives, Tomato, and Red Onion

Bagel With Bean Butter
topped with Diced black Olives, Tomato, and Red Onion

I made this during O-sesshin this week, for a refreshment period. It was served on toasted sesame bagels to create a complete protein.

Note: (if you don’t have all of these spices, it’s fine. Use what you have. If you have some curry powder, use ½ teaspoon of that instead of the spices listed below. Or you could just use the caramelized onion with onion and garlic powder and some herbs if you have them. The following is what I used:

Two cans of white kidney beans, rinsed.
One medium Spanish onion (you could use any kind of onion)
2 cloves of garlic, minced.
1 tablespoon olive oil 
½ teaspoon ground cumin
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon salt

Chop the Spanish onion into small pieces. 
Add the olive to a pan over medium heat and add the onions and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
Cook the onions until golden brown (caramelized).
Add the minced garlic and continue cooking for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.
Add all of the spices, cook for another minute or two (until you can smell the spices).
Add the beans to the food processor.
Add the spiced onion mixture to the food processor.
Whir, whir, whir, until it becomes a smooth paste.
Taste and add more salt if you think it needs it.
Tip into a bowl and smooth the top with a spatula.

Garnish with:
One medium-sized tomato, diced
½ small red onion, small dice.
Sliced black olives (or pitted olives chopped)
If you have some fresh herbs, that would be a nice addition.
Salt the garnish lightly and dust with black pepper.

Serve on bread, on crackers, or in lettuce wraps.
If you have leftover bean dip, you can add it to a ‘creamed’ soup or a sauce.


Jinmyo osho bowing in gassho

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 Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to Saigyo ino for stopping his truck in the middle of the road (there wasn’t a lot of traffic) to pick up a small bird that had obviously struck a car and was sitting on the tarmac, stunned. Without any hesitation he jumped out, cupped the bird in two hands, and carried it to a grassy area on the other side of a fence where it could recover.

From Endai shuso
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting the teisho series “The Lineage of Luminosity, Part Two: The Lineage in China”; we listened to his commentary on the chapters of Keizan Jokin zenji’s “Denkoroku” regarding our Lineage Ancestors, Qingyuan Xingsi and Shitou Xiqian. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading Sogaku-ki O-sesshin. Thank you to Jinmyo osho in her role as Tenzo for overseeing menu design and the preparation of all meals served during O-sesshin, and to tenzo-anja, Mishin godo, for preparing many of them. Thank you to Saigyo ino for overseeing samu assignments during O-sesshin and for instruction concerning some forms in the Hatto regarding the positioning of jikido instruments.