eMirror Vol 24, No. 34 (2020-08-21)

Chicken, photograph by Dr. Jinen S. Boates, Wolfville Zazenkai
Photograph by Dr. Jinen S. Boates, Wolfville Zazenkai

eMirror Vol 24, No. 34

Friday, August 21st, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Study and practice of teachings and of practices related to compassion are often based -- or should I say we tend to approach them -- from the basis of our cravings and fears, our loneliness and desperation.

People chant various mantras associated with Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, hoping for some celestial helping hand, hoping to feel some tender embrace. Or they, themselves, attempt to manifest compassion towards others, but so often this is linked to a desperate need to be loved. It is linked to a fear and to a poverty that has gone unquestioned and unseen and unhealed.

To practice compassion we must have a tender heart, an open heart. We must have removed many layers of armour, but also of skin. We must have peeled ourselves away so thoroughly that we are not only transparent to our experience and to each other, but we are completely intimate. So that when Zhang drinks sake, Li gets drunk; when Li drinks sake, Zhang gets drunk.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning the teisho "Zhang Drinks Sake", March 25th, 1990, at Zazen-ji

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

Hojo renovation funds raised to date: $24,095.
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

September 2nd, 16th and 30th. 

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

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


Chunen angya sat a two-day retreat at Guelph Zazenkai on August 15th and 16th to align with the two-day sesshin held at the monastery.Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, August 18th in the Berkshires. Deshi Senbo sat a two-day retreat in his home in Chelsea on August 15th and 16th to align with the two-day sesshin held at the monastery. Probationary deshi Leonardo Nobrega sat a two-day retreat in his home in Gatineau on August 15th and 16th to align with the two-day sesshin held at the monastery. Chantal Maheu sat a one-day retreat on Tuesday, August 11th at her home in Aylmer, Quebec. Carol Hodgson sat a one-day retreat on Sunday, August 16th at her home in Ottawa. Alex Bourne sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, August 16th at his home in Ottawa. Tracey Parker sat a half-day retreat on Wednesday, August 19th 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, August 22nd to Saturday, August 29th

Saturday, August 22nd: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "The Secret of Intimacy" (1 of 15)
Sunday, August 23rd: SAkN "Presencing the Open Body" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Opening Past Everything" (5 of 5) 
Monday, August 24th: “Every Breath You Take”: Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei’s Comments on “The Practice of Purity”: Dharma Talk 1: “At Home” 
Thursday, August 27th: "Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Breath This Breeze" (64 of 71)
Saturday, August 22th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "The Drum of the Sky" (3 of 15)

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.

Shissui (J) Head Caretaker training position responsible for overseeing caretaking and maintenance of a monastery. From the term “master of novices”.

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:
Mixed grain (Arborio rice, calrose medium-grain white rice, Basmati white rice, Thai long-grain white rice and pearled barley); stir fry (firm tofu cut into rectangles, coated with cornstarch and deep fried, mixed with stir fried vegetables (snow peas, strips of poblano peppers, bok choy, scallions, green cabbage, wood ear mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, vegetarian oyster sauce, ginger and garlic). 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Pork, green cabbage and baby green peas in spicy peanut sauce (velveted and sauteed strips of pork, sauteed green cabbage, green peas, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, roasted chili oil, cumin, white pepper; salad of ‘massaged kale’ mixed with cooked brown rice, seasoned with lemon juice, bran oil, lots of black pepper. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mashed Yukon gold potatoes; baby green peas with corn and chopped bok choy, seasoned with butter, salt and pepper; mushroom gravy (roux, chopped cremini mushrooms, chopped white onion, shoyu, thyme, rosemary, red wine, black pepper, smoked paprika); seared Beyond Burger ‘beef’ patties.


Mishin godo bowing

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 Anzan Hoshin roshi for the teisho "Yaoshan Bites the Iron Bull'' and the reading on Yunyan Tansheng that he presented several years ago as part of “The Lineage of Luminosity” series, which we listened to during the August Sesshin. Thank you to Shikai sensei for baking multi-seed crackers. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the August sesshin, and for care and feeding of the thriving population of red wigglers in the monastery's vermicomposter which produces great compost. Thank you to Saigyo ino for knowing the ins and outs of the monastery's plumbing so that he was able to correct the plumbing work being done during the Hojo renovation. Thank you to George Donovan for picking up the monastery's Bulk Barn order.

From George Donovan:
I would like to thank the Sensei and the Practice Council for helping me to maintain the integrity of my practice through the regular telephone daisan with the Sensei and for the weekly teisho recordings. I have deeply appreciated this given the present times.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Chiso anagarika, Matt Broda, and Graham Mayeda for donations to the Hojo renovation fund.