eMirror Vol 24, No. 24 (2020-06-12)


treated photo of a monk doing kinhin

eMirror Vol 24, No. 24

Friday, June 12th, 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 to say:

Right in light is dark but it cannot be known as such.
Right in dark is light but cannot be seen.
Light is with dark as foot follows walking foot.

So, mei is "the moon or sun, bright, radiance, light", and means the radiance of Aware Space – the context in which all contexts and contents arise. Meichū ni atatte an ari. Ansō o motte ō koto nakare. So, mei is "bright"; chū means "between, within, middle". Atatte actually means "actually". An is "dark". Which means: the unknowability of knowing in itself, that it can never be made into an object: you cannot stand apart from who and what you are to know yourself: because there are no selves, and you are only Knowing. Ari is a verb meaning "is". Ansō o motte ō koto nakare. An again is "dark", sō means "characteristic", something recognizable, motte is "with", ō here means "to meet" or "encounter" or "recognize". Nakare means: "do not".

So: you cannot meet, encounter or recognize Knowing in itself by grasping at the characteristics of knowns. But the very presencing of knowns displays the richness of Knowing and the fact that it can be stone, flower, child, cat, birth, death – means that it is traceless: it is not the same as anything.

And so our understanding of the relationship between Knowing and knowns; our understanding of who we are and what our world is – cannot happen by attempting to fix anything in place so that we can know it. It is by moving into Unknowability, moving into the process of understanding, and then misunderstanding, releasing our misunderstandings into understandings, and then understanding when we have misunderstood – this is the process of practice in which light is with dark as foot follows walking foot: Meian ono ono aitai shite. Hisuru ni zengo no ayumi no gotoshi. Mei is "bright", an is "dark"; ono ono means "each each", "each other", ai means "with each other"; tai means "stand", hisuru ni is "like", zen is "forward", go is "behind", ayumi no gotoshi: "foot like".

And so there is this movement into Unknowability; this movement into how Knowing moves and presents itself as knowns.

-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 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


Rev. Chiso Tzelnic anagarika continues to sit a partial retreat on Tuesdays at her home in Cambridge, MA. Tracey Parker sat a half-day retreat on Wednesday, June 10th 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, June 13th to Saturday, June 20th

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)
Monday, June 15th: "Freedom and Tyranny" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei: "Mondo (Discussion)" (2 of 4) 
Thursday, June 18th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Spring"(54 of 71)
Saturday, June 20th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": Moshan" (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

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzokyokun 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 osho serves as tenzo and Mishin ino and Saigyo tando offer assistance as tenzo-anja. 

Monday Yakuseki:
Fried rice (Thai rice, chopped scallions, Spanish onions, celery, green peas, garlic, ginger, egg, vegetarian oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, shoyu, roasted red chili paste); tamarind soup (shoyu, mirin, lime juice, ginger, dried tamarind with cubed silked tofu and bokchoy); Asian pears with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Shepherd’s pie (works well with ‘Beyond Meat” or ground meat) cooked with chopped onion, diced carrots, corn and baby peas, dried parsley, rosemary and thyme, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, tomato paste. The topping is mashed russet potatoes mixed with butter, half & half, garlic powder, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. 
Thursday Yakuseki:
Amritsari gobi matar (Punjabi cauliflower curry) made with cauliflower, diced Spanish onions, tomatoes, baby green peas, turmeric, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala, green chilis, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, finished with a ‘cream’ made from blended almonds and cashews; served with basmati rice and monastery-made naan.


Drawing of monk bowing together 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 Mishin godo:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for preparing recipes with accompanying photographs for the eMirror to encourage students to prepare inexpensive and delicious dishes. Thank you to Daryl David for picking up the monastery's order of dry goods from Bulk Barn.

From Endai shuso:
Thank you to the Roshi for the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", which contains his commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai", excerpts of which are currently being published in the eMirror. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan, for making delicious meals in her position of Tenzo, for editing the eMirror each week, and for food shopping for the monastery. Thank you to Mishin godo for the photo of the “Monastery grounds and visitor” in last week’s eMirror. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing the workshop to make the space more usable. Thank you to Fushin shramon for keeping bird-feeders filled to feed local wildlife.

From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for recent telephone practice interviews and feedback on practice journals. It is valuable to continue to receive guidance on our practice while away from the monastery.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Fushin shramon for a donation towards the new garbage bin. Thank you to Abbie Dann for a donation.