eMirror Vol 24, No. 30 (2020-07-24)


4 pigeons on a wire, Photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari
Photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari

eMirror Vol 24, No. 30

Friday, July 24th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

And so he [Shitou] says, 

"Walking the Way, it isn't near, isn't far":
Ayumi o susumureba gonnon ni arazu.

Ayumi means "foot" or "step" again; susumureba means "going on"; gonnon: gon is "near" and non is "far": the Way, the dō, is that which moves as everything and yet in itself never moves, because there is nothing and nowhere outside of it. It is not here, not there, not in between. Everything arises within it and it is as you, right here. Everything is right here. Nothing is opposed to anything else. Everything is available to you because who you are arises as everything. When we are walking the Way, when we are walking as the Way, as dō, then what to do, the way to do things – mizu – is presented to us continuously. Practising this is not a matter of seeking some kind of goal, some way of being. Nor is it a matter of running away from anything. It is simply the practice of Exposure: the practice of Intimacy.

-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.


Update on the Plan for Essential Repairs to the Hojo 
(Abbot’s Quarters)

Hojo renovation funds raised to date: $15,695.
Fundraising goal: $40,000

The renovation project to carry out essential repairs to the Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters) has been scheduled for August to October 2020. The work will be carried out by Copperstone Renovations. 

This three-month project will involve 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). Since the Hojo will be under construction for the next three months, Jinmyo osho has moved out of her rooms and into the third floor common room, with the Roshi moving into her quarters.

The total cost of the work will be approximately $40,000. While donations from monastics and lay students earlier in the year took us part way towards the total amount needed, fundraising was put on hold with the start of the Covid pandemic. However, we do need to complete these repairs before the onset of winter, and the snow and ice that may again compromise the building.

With the renovation scheduled to start next month, all donations are gratefully appreciated. Please contribute what you can to support this essential work. Donations will receive a charitable tax receipt from White Wind Zen Community. 

Upcoming Events

August 5th and August 19th.

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

August Sesshin:
The August 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16th. 

August 28th is Dogen-ki, the memorial of Eihei Dogen zenji's death.

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, July 23rd in the Berkshires. Ceri Behar sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th at his home in Istanbul, Turkey.

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 25th to Saturday, August 1st

Saturday, July 25th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "The Place the Three Jewels Shine" (11 of 13)
Sunday, July 26th: SAkN "Presencing the Open Body" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Where Is Your Face?" (2 of 5) 
Monday, July 27th: "Freefall" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge Osho-ajari
Thursday, July 30th: Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "The Gift" (60 of 71)
Saturday, August 1st: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "What Will Be Lost" (12 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. The following meals were prepared for residents prior to the evening sittings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Monday Yakuseki
Onion bhaji (sliced onion, chickpea flour, rice flour, bran oil, lemon juice, toasted fennel seeds, ground cumin seeds, turmeric, minced garlic, ginger, and chilis, chopped coriander and curry leaves); dipping sauce made from tamarind and Major Grey’s mango chutney; Napa cabbage salad (thinly sliced Napa cabbage, slivered carrots and daikon, thinly sliced white onion, dressed with mayonnaise mixed with lime pickle; room-temperature mango/orange soup with thinly sliced potato, chopped onion, turmeric, cayenne, salt. 

Tuesday Yakuseki
Noodle soup (Korean jajangmyeon noodles, finely sliced ginger, sauteed mushrooms, daikon and thinly sliced poblano peppers, thinly sliced sauteed chicken and pork; chicken stock, shoyu, white pepper; monastery-made kimchi.

Thursday Yakuseki
Caramelized onion frittata (onions caramelized with bran oil, beaten egg, salt and black pepper); pasta salad (penne, chopped black olives, capers, artichoke hearts, chopped scallions, finely sliced red onion, garlic, lime juice, lemon zest, white balsamic vinegar, lots of black pepper, torn basil, and oregano, grapeseed oil); salad of monastery-grown frisee, chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced white onion, balsamic vinegar mixed with grapeseed oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. 


Hands in gassho, computer graphic

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 Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to Mishin godo for assistance with food preparation, storage of food, making some of the evening meals, and for baking; thank you to Saigyo ino for fixing my bread mixer; to Endai shuso for several years of laundering kitchen cloths and cleaning cloths (now assigned to someone else); and for several years of evening lock-up (also reassigned). Thank you to Fushin shramon for picking up curtain rods for me. 

From Endai shuso:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho who, in her capacity as Tenzo, prepared some wonderful summer yakuseki meals this week, including a cold mango soup with potatoes and delicious onion bhaji. Thank you to Mishin godo for transplanting the tomato plants in the monastery garden to larger containers; we enjoyed the first crop of delicious golden plum tomatoes in a salad on Thursday night. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing and overseeing samu offered by students to take care of the monastery grounds and refinish the side porch.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for making residential training available to students. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for regular daisan, for showing me how to continually trust Awareness, and for the many outstanding meals she prepares each week for residents. Thank you to Mishin godo for her weekly efforts in maintaining the roof top garden and growing food for residents. Thank you to Saigyo ino for making his truck available for my occasional use.

From Tarik Kaya:
Thank you to the Roshi for the teisho published in last week’s e-Mirror, which was a passage from the teisho series “Studying the Mystery”. It answered some of my questions.