eMirror Vol 24, No. 23 (2020-06-05)


Photograph of monastery grounds and visitor By Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo
Photograph of monastery grounds and visitor
By Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo

eMirror Vol 24, No. 23

Friday, June 5th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Then Old Stonehead goes on:

In all things, the leaves spread out from the root.
High and low return to the source and become only words.

So, shikamo is "form" or "thing". Ichi ichi means "one one", or "each", no is "of", hō is "dharma". He means that each and every thing arises together with everything else as interactions emerging from interactions: naturally, spontaneously, without direction or intention, but as the play of possibilities. Up and down, front and back, left and right, in and out – all arise in the same place. All places arise in that place. Rooted in this we stand up and step forward.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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.

June 7th is a day traditionally dedicated to Manjusri, a reminder of prajnaparamita.

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

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


Aaron Ford sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, May 28th at his home in Calgary, Alberta. Tracey Parker sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, May 30th at her home in Perth, Ontario. Beth Beurkle sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, June 4th at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick. 

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, June 6th to Saturday, June 13th

Saturday, June 6th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": Sincerity and the 'Worldly'" (4 of 13)
Sunday, June 7th: SAkN "Questioning the Enigma" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "The Flow of Reality" (1 of 4) 
Monday, June 1st: "Freedom and Tyranny" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei: "Overthrowing the Inner Dictator" (1 of 4) 
Thursday, June 4th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “So Much To Say" (53 of 71)
Saturday, June 13th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Do Not Be Petty" (5 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.

Spicy Tofu

Spicy Tofu

Based on a recipe by Maangchi https://www.maangchi.com/

One package medium-firm tofu (I used “Sunrise” brand) cut into ¼ inch slices.
1 tablespoon sesame oil 
3 finely chopped green onions
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
2 teaspoons shoyu (soy sauce)
½ teaspoon lime juice
½ teaspoon brown sugar
Roasted sesame seeds

Method for the Tofu:
Heat a non-stick frying pan to medium-high and add the sesame oil
Place the slices of tofu in the pan and slide them around in the oil to distribute it.
Let them sit for about five minutes without turning them, until the bottom is browned.
Turn them over and give them five minutes to brown.
Turn them onto a serving platter.

Method for the sauce:
This is a sauce that does not require cooking. 
In a bowl, combine the finely chopped green onions with the minced garlic, the Korean hot pepper flakes, shoyu, lime juice, brown sugar and sesame seeds. Stir together. Pour over the tofu and then drizzle a half teaspoon of sesame oil to finish. 

Can be served hot or cold. Serve with noodles or rice and a pickle such as kimchi.

Hands in gassho, black and white drawing

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 Saigyo ino:
Thank you to the Roshi for wonderful reading suggestions. Thank you to Shikai sensei for sewing repairs to clothing. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for teaching me so much about food preparation over the last years. Thank you to Mishin godo for lots of spring planting of vegetables and herbs. Thank you to Endai shuso for organizing the furnace room and to Fushin shramon for keeping the birdfeeder regularly stocked. Thank you to David Gallant for keeping the monastery cedar hedge well watered during these last (very dry) few weeks.