eMirror Vol 24, No. 28 (2020-07-10)

This issue of the eMirror was supposed to be sent out on Friday, July 10th. Please accept the webmaster's apology for the delay. It was ready in time, but somehow the crucial step of pushing the "send" button did not happen.

Photograph by Mishin godo
Photograph by Mishin godo

eMirror Vol 24, No. 28

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Stonehead goes on: "Hearing the words, find the root." So:

Koto o ukete wa subekaraku shū o e subeshi

Koto means "like I've already said" or "the preceding words"; ukete means "to receive or listen"; subekaraku means "you should" or "definitely" or "really". Shū is "source" or "root", and is the origin of speaking and hearing. E subeshi means "to actually understand"; "to discover"; "to find".

The root of our lives is the groundlessness, the complete lack of any reality whatsoever to our imaginations about reality, our imaginations about substance, self, other, body, mind, time, space. Our lives are lived as the ceaseless activity of that which never moves, and yet that which turns, tumbles, rises and falls as this moment, which has come from nowhere and goes nowhere at all.

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

Monastery Maintenance

The monastery requires a lot of maintenance because it is a very large 150 year-old building. Most of this is done by residents, but local students are really needed as well. Currently, no one other than residents is spending any time doing samu. 

For example, there are three porches that need scraping and painting before winter. Jinmyo osho (67 years of age) has started on this, but it’s too strenuous for her and needs someone much younger to work on it. There are also three large wooden benches that need scraping and painting. We need help with weeding, picking up trash and sweeping. We need help with watering the grounds and wiping off cobwebs, sills and railings. This is all outdoors work and we would organize it so that students are working alone in different areas of the grounds. If you can help, please send an email to schedule@wwzc.org and we will write to you to schedule a time that is convenient for you.

Your help would be very much appreciated as the monastics are working ‘overtime’ to provide the Sangha with instruction as well as corresponding with a growing number of people around the world whose local Buddhist centers have shut down, to provide them with long-distance training. The more time spent scraping and painting porches, the less time there is to provide instruction.

Upcoming Events

July 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


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, June 30th in the Berkshires. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, July 2nd, at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick. Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, July 9th, in her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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, July 11th to Saturday, July 18th

Saturday, July 11th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Socks and Rice Cakes" (9 of 13)
Monday, July 13th: "The Sky Around the Clouds" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari: "Heaps and Poisons" (2 of 2)
Thursday, July 16th: Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Names" (58 of 71)
Saturday, July 18th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Authority and Customs" (10 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.


Part of the monastery roof garden, photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo
Part of the monastery roof garden,
photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo

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 godo and Saigyo ino offer assistance as tenzo-anja.

Green Cabbage, carrot, daikon and white onion Coleslaw
By Mishin Godo

Green Cabbage, carrot, daikon and white onion Coleslaw

1 head green cabbage, quartered
1 carrot, peeled
1 small white onion, peeled and halved
salt to taste
pepper to taste (I use a heavy hand, about 1-2 teaspoons, to give a strong peppery taste)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3-4 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 jar prepared horseradish (about 1/2 cup, or more to your taste)

A Benriner or mandoline, if you have one, works well to thinly slice the green cabbage quarters. You can also shred it using a food processor, or a knife. Aim for long thin strands.
Use the Benriner to thinly slice both halves of the white onion. Use a knife if you don't have a benriner, since a food processor would turn it to mush.
Julienne the carrots (cut them into matchsticks) by first cutting the carrot into three or four pieces (depending on how long your carrot is), so that each piece is about 1.5 inches. You can use a benriner or knife to slice each piece into thin planks and then slice those into matchsticks, or shred them in a food processor.
Mix the cabbage, onions and carrots together with the salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Add the lime juice, mayonnaise, dijon, and horseradish and mix well. 
Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. 

Lime Pickle variation:
If you are serving this with Indian dishes or want to give leftover slaw new life, finely mince about 2 tablespoons of lime pickle to the other ingredients and mix into the coleslaw (also very good with roasted sunflower seeds).



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 deshi Isshin, probationary deshi Leonardo Nobrega, and Julien Jefferson for their samu to assist with maintenance of the grounds and the repainting of the porches. 

From Endai shuso
Thank you to Shikai sensei for researching and cataloguing medicinal plants that she found on the grounds of Dainen-ji (in the 'old' days people grew a selection of herbs for treating ailments and many of those plants were still growing at the time we purchased the building). Thank you to Jinmyo osho for instruction in daisan and for leading the chanting of the Precepts at Fusatsu. Thank you to Mishin godo for growing flavourful salad ingredients on the roof of the monastery and for baking delicious bread and cookies. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing samu tasks for all students. 

From Isshin:
Thank you to the monastics for supporting my practice during these unprecedented times.