eMirror Vol 24, No. 26 (2020-06-26)


Bluebird feather, photograph by Dr. Jinen S. Boates, Wolfville Zazenkai
Bluebird feather,
photograph by Dr. Jinen S. Boates, Wolfville Zazenkai

eMirror Vol 24, No. 26

Friday, June 26th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Shitou sat facing the wall of his grass thatched hut perched on the edge of a cliff. Walking, gathering chestnuts, roots, berries, he was exposed to the sere wind. Sitting, standing, walking and lying down, he shook loose the last threads of hesitation, and entered completely Exposed into what his teacher Qingyuan had transmitted to him.

Below the cliff in the countryside, people went about their tasks, living their lives in their various homes. Getting up in the morning, working in the fields or setting up shop, arguing with a husband or wife, beating the kids. They couldn't see each other, they couldn't see themselves.

From where our Old Stonehead sat on his cliff edge of course it was easy to see how all of these lives, all of these beings, all fit together with each other. It's not just that the little houses, the little carts and donkeys, the little straw hats and sandals, took place in the landscape that stretched around them. Each of these were intimately Exposed to everything else around them, and everything fit together. From where Old Stonehead sat as the Aware Space in which everything arises, he could see that each straw hat, each donkey's hoof, was also that in which everything arises, and that everything fit there, contained but not enclosed.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning teisho 4: "The Root of Your Life", Saturday, September 18th, 1996 in the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai".

Upcoming Events

July 8th and 22nd

The Roshi is currently in an extended period of "self-isolation" due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 11th from 10 p.m. until Sunday July 12th at 8 a.m. 

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


Ven. Chunen angya sat a two day retreat at the Guelph Zazenkai. Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday in the Berkshires. Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, June 11th, at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Carol Hodgson sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, June 11th, at her home in Ottawa. Tracey Parker sat a partial retreat on Saturday, June 13th at her home in Perth, Ontario. Claude Schryer sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, June 13th at his home in Duhamel, Quebec.

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 27th to Saturday, July 4th

Saturday, June 27th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Miaoxin" (7 of 13)
Sunday, June 28th: SAkN "Questioning the Enigma" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Questioning the Enigma" (3 of 4) 
Monday, June 29th: "Freedom and Tyranny" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei: "The Makeup of Coercion" (4 of 4) 
Thursday, July 2nd: Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Tenderness" (56 of 71)
Saturday, July 4th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "The Dragon Maiden" (8 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.


Daikon, green beans, and cucumber from the monastery roof garden
From the monastery roof garden

Office of the Tenzo

Saag Paneer 

This is a variation on theIndian dish saag paneer. It’s often made with pureed spinach or rapini, but I prefer the greens to be only lightly cooked. 

For 8 servings:

Ingredients for the paneer:
2 blocks of paneer cut into cubes
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon cayenne
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons oil
Combine all of the above and mix until all of the paneer is coated. Tip into a non-stick pan over medium-high heat and cook until all sides are golden brown. Set aside.

For the saag:
3 medium-sized Spanish onions, diced.
2 green chilis (I didn’t have any so I used jalapeno peppers seeded and minced)
8 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
1.5 teaspoons garam masala
4 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh spinach (finely chop the stems. Chop the leaves into roughly 1 inch pieces and wash well - we usually wash spinach 3 times).

Heat the oil in a large heavy frying pan. Add the onions and the minced garlic, ginger, chilis and a teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring frequently until the onions are lightly caramelized (golden brown). If the mixture starts to stick, add a little water.
Once the onion mixture is browned, add the coriander and cumin and cook for another two minutes. 
Add the garam masala and spinach stems. Cook for another two minutes.
Add the spinach leaves and cook only until wilted. 
Stir in one cup of plain yogurt. 
Add in the cooked paneer. 

Serve on top of basmati or jasmine rice or with naan or even tortillas. 
We also made a green cabbage coleslaw but mixed it with chopped lime pickle (thinly sliced green cabbage carrots, daikon and white onion; Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt and pepper - lime pickle added last - just enough to flavour but not overwhelm the other flavours of the slaw).


Drawing of hands 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 Saigyo ino for repairing the hood exhaust fan above the stove and taking the oven racks to a welder for repair. Thank you to Endai shuso for doing a circuit of the building every evening to ensure the monastery is properly locked up and all of the appliances turned off. Thank you to Fushin shramon for regularly picking up bird seed for monastery bird feeders.

From Endai shuso:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction on chanting. Thank you to Mishin godo for tending to the monastery vegetable garden, which has provided delicious salad greens, daikon and herbs for yakuseki meals. Thank you to David Gallant for watering the hedge around the monastery garden.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for donating new stainless steel cookware to the monastery kitchen; to Mishin godo for a donation for vegetable gardening equipment, to Saigyo ino for a donation for workshop tools, to Endai shuso and David Gallant for donations, and to Mohamed Zakzouk for a donation to the Hojo renovation fund.