The Siddham character "HAM" brushed in snow at Zazen-ji
by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi in the early 1990s,
photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
eMirror Vol 24, No. 3
Friday, January 17th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
We have the word “self” and it can be a useful and convenient word. But what is being described cannot be fit into the word. When we say “myself” or “yourself” we are speaking of numberless aspects of experiencing arising within, through, and as this bodymind and that bodymind. This bodymind is facing the room in one direction and that bodymind is facing the room from another. Both are seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and cognizing but are doing so differently. But this difference does not split one bodymind off from what another actually is. There is no self and other here. The right foot does not feel the left foot’s sensations but both the right and the left feet are feeling, are ways of knowing. Knowing is not isolated as the left foot or the right foot. Seeing is not the same as hearing but they are both ways of knowing, examples of knowing, activities of knowing. Knowing in itself, Awareness in itself, Experiencing in itself presents itself as every possible way of knowing and as whatever is known but it does not become trapped as any of them. And every possible way of knowing and every possible known are themselves not broken off from Knowing in itself. They are each it as them. When I say “Awareness in itself” the word “self” there just means “as it actually is”. If the word “self” means anything at all it means “as it actually is,” this bodymind “as it actually is”: alive all the way up and down and through, an intertwining of organisms and organs, each of them a way of knowing and a system of knowings, gathered together as Knowing in itself as this bodymind. That is myself, that is yourself; and the “I” and “you” are not selves just as “right” and “left” are not separate selves. Apparently “sentient beings” like human bodies and apparently “insentient beings” like bones and stones and wind and snow are each themselves without an isolated self that is broken off from everything else. All of us, as we actually are, are intimately together and we are all dharmata, we are all essentially real. We are all open and luminous as experiences and as Experiencing in itself.
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 6: "Coming Thus As Us" Saturday, December 7, 2005 in the teisho series "Essentially Real: Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji’s 'Hossho: Dharmata'."
January 22nd, February 12th and 26th.
January 22nd is the memorial of the date of death of Daiji Tenku daiosho, who was the Teacher of Joshu Dainen daiosho, both of whom Anzan Hoshin roshi studied with.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, January 29th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 2nd, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, February 1st, at 1:45 p.m. For more information please see:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program
The Nehan O-sesshin will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 9th, and will end at noon on Friday, February 16th. A sitting for associate and general students will take place in the Zendo on Saturday, February 15th. Arrival time is 9:15 a.m. (in time for First Bell). The sitting ends at 11:30 a.m. Students attending are reminded to remain on the first floor.
Cancelled General Sitting
The Monday February 10th general sitting that would normally take place at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled due to the O-sesshin.
Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday February 13th associate sitting that would normally take place at 7:30 p.m. is cancelled due to the O-sesshin.
A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to meet face to face with preliminary students or to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.
Commemoration of the Buddha’s Death (Nehan-e) February 15th.
Neil Faught began a retreat on the morning of Thursday, January 9th which concludes on the early evening of Friday, January 10th.
To Schedule a Retreat
Please visit this Web page for information about scheduling a retreat and an explanation of the different kinds of retreat (duration and timing) you can sit: https://wwzc.org/retreats. Please note that retreats should be scheduled one week in advance.
Public students sitting retreats should send an email to email@example.com to confirm they sat a retreat so that notice of it can be included in the eMirror. Please include the location of the retreat and the duration.
Recorded Teachings Schedule
- Saturday, January 18th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Bow" (8 of 12)
- Sunday, January 19th: SAkN "Root Cycle Five" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi "Beyond the Fields" (Teisho 2 of 5)
- Monday, January 20th: So Intimate It Cannot Be Personal, part 3: "The Person of Zazen" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
- Thursday, January 23rd: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Sunflower” (34 of 71)
- Saturday, January 25th: “Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Rolling Up and Rolling Out" (9 of 12)
Missed Sittings and Teisho
If associate students are unable to attend the Thursday evening associate sitting, they may attend one of the general sittings to make up for the sitting they missed. General sittings are held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (first Bell is at 7:15) and Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (first Bell at 9:15 a.m.). Please send an email to request permission to attend one of these sittings.
Teisho presented at general and associate sittings which are part of a series need to be listened to in the correct order and with none missed out. If you miss a sitting please borrow a copy of the missed teisho from the library or download it from the WWZC Media Site as soon as possible, so that the continuity of what is being presented is not disrupted. The weekly list of recorded teisho played at sittings is posted on the web site at:
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
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 Teisho
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”.
Newly Presented Teachings
- 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
- November 9th: Rujing and the Old Plum Tree
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
Update on the Plan for Essential Repairs to the Hojo
Hojo renovation funds raised to date: $11,360
Fundraising goal: $40,000
Essential repairs are needed to the Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters). The needed work includes taking down the ceiling in the Hojo washroom in order to insulate, raising the floor, repairing interior moisture damage, and addressing other structural problems (extremely uneven floors, and ventilation, plumbing, and electrical issues).
The Office of the Shissui has met with 3 local design/build companies to discuss the scope of this substantial work and is reviewing their quotations. The total cost of the work will be in the region of $40,000. Provided that we are able to meet the fundraising goal, we anticipate undertaking the work in the summer of 2020.
All donations towards the Hojo renovation fund will be much appreciated, and will receive a charitable tax receipt.
The image above shows the icicle that forms every winter on the roof of the Hojo. It is often over 20 feet long and is causing damage to the exterior trim and roof line and may be causing interior damage and mold inside the walls.
Description of the work
After a recent risk inspection by our insurance company, one requirement for ongoing insurance coverage is to address a buildup of large icicles over winter from the roof over the Hojo washroom. The ice buildup is caused by heat loss through the roof that melts the winter snow, which refreezes into icicles.
In order to address this, we should be insulating the ceiling of the Hojo washroom. We will use an application of spray foam insulation which will require taking down the interior ceiling. As there is also heat loss through the very poorly insulated walls, we shall also be removing all of the wall plaster and lathe and using spray foam insulation on the exterior walls. As well as heat insulation, this closed cell foam insulation will impede moisture transfer and eliminate the possibility of moisture buildup and mold issues in the room. Because the plaster and lathe will need to be removed in order to insulate, we will be replacing the old shower stall and re-plumbing the shower.
Replacing the ceiling allows us to raise the height of the ceiling so that we can eliminate the 8-inch step down into the washroom, which is a potential tripping hazard. We can also add new lighting, improved ventilation and proper venting of fixtures. Raising the floor height requires replacing two hot water radiators with under-floor electric heating and installing a new vanity.
Once completed, all of this work will result in a substantial improvement to the functionality of the living and working environment of the Hojo, the Abbot’s Quarters, and eliminate potential hazards. As the last area of the building to receive any major renovation work, this improvement is a priority.
(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.
Shingon (J) “True word” or mantra. The Japanese school of Vajrayana founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the Heian era in Japan.
Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bean soup (red lentils, cow peas, green split peas, yellow split peas, brown lentils, mung beans, arborio rice, barley, tomato paste, thyme, chipotle adobo, cumin, diced potatoes and carrots, chopped celery and Spanish onion, lots of black pepper, red balsamic vinegar); toasted naan; salad of sliced Napa cabbage, carrots, daikon, and white onion.
Hainan rice (mixed grain - arborio, calrose, basmati, Thai, Chinese and Thai sticky rice, cooked in chicken stock with blended sauteed scallions, ginger and garlic); roasted chicken thighs and drumsticks marinated in barbeque sauce, garlic, ginger, mustard powder, shoyu, white pepper); green beans sauteed with lots of garlic.
Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice with butter and baby green peas; deep-fried tofu with onions, poblano peppers and red shepherd bell peppers in barbecue sauce; shitake and crimini mushroom soup cooked with mushroom stock, seasoned with thyme, shoyu, lots of black pepper.
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 Endai shuso:
Thank you to the Roshi for presenting a new teisho during sesshin this past weekend: “Rujing’s Broken Broom of Mu”, the next in the series of his commentaries on Keizan Jokin zenji’s “Denkoroku”. Thank you to Shikai sensei for making delicious refreshments during sesshin, and to Jinmyo osho for leading the Sesshin and instruction in daisan. Thank you to Osho and Mishin godo for preparing the meals. Thank you to Saigyo ino for meeting with a number of contractors in anticipation of repairs and renovations in the Hojo this spring.
Thank you to Shikai sensei for the recent photos of the Roshi that have appeared in the eMirror. They are beautiful and a much appreciated opportunity to see some of the history of the White Wind Zen Community.
From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to Saigyo ino for my practice interview this week. I appreciate the reminder about effort and the benefits of regular practice at home. As an associate student I appreciate the opportunity to sit weekly at the monastery and to observe senior students and receive feedback on forms from monastics.
"All is Change"
Dainen-ji, being a 140-year-old building, is continuously in need of maintenance and the costs associated with this can be astronomical when such things as porch repairs or exterior painting are needed. This is something that we cannot afford to do, yet must do and so the "All is Change" project has been created. The "All is Change" project is very simple. Most of us have a bowl or a jar or some other kind of container that we keep somewhere at home and fill up with loose change because it's too heavy to carry around. Several hundred dollars has been collected so far both in loose change and Canadian tire money which has been put towards the building maintenance fund. If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, each penny will be appreciated. The “All is Change” container is on the wooden wall shelf under the Sangha Board in the cloak room.