eMirror Vol 24, No. 35 (2020-08-28)

Jizo Bosatsu on the Zendo Butsudan, Photograph by Ven. Fushin Comeau shramon
Jizo Bosatsu on the Zendo Butsudan,
Photograph by Ven. Fushin Comeau shramon

eMirror Vol 24, No. 35

Friday, August 28th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

A compassion that does not spring forth from insight, from wisdom, is usually (unfortunately) an attempt to try to manipulate oneself and manipulate others so that one can arrange one’s world in a way that consoles one; either for the love that one feels that one always deserved but never had; or the sake of the power of it, the power of having people love you and depend upon you and be grateful to you.

It’s very scary; very frightening.

Compassion must be manifest in the most simple actions: listening to someone, reaching out and taking a hand, slowing your steps to keep pace with someone. All of these simple actions, moment after moment, day after day, are compassion. And there is hunger in the bellies, and there are fears in the minds, and there is confusion and desperation and pride, like a chorus -- these things everywhere crying out to be healed.

But as long as we have not at least begun to ask ourselves those unasked questions ,and as long as we have not begun to step past our defences and barriers and fears, then whatever we do cannot truly be compassionate.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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


Congratulations and deep gassho to Shigemi Ichino of Ottawa, Ontario who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi. 


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, August 25th in the Berkshires. Chantal Maheu sat one-day retreats on Wednesday, August 19th and on Monday, August 24th at her home in Aylmer, Quebec. Thach Hoang sat a two-day retreat from Thursday, August 20th to Saturday, August 22nd at his home in Laval, Quebec. Christian Pustilnik sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, August 23rd at his home in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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 29th to Saturday, September 5th

Saturday, August 29th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "The Drum of the Sky" (3 of 15)
Sunday, August 30th: SAkN "Presencing the Open Body" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Opening Past Everything" (5 of 5) 
Monday, August 31st: “Every Breath You Take”: Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei’s Comments on “The Practice of Purity”: “Parents" (Dharma Talk 2)
Thursday, September 3rd: "Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Shadows and Colours" (65 of 71)
Saturday, September 5th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "The White Mould Sutra" (4 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.

Bean sprouts

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:
Fried rice (leftover arborio, pearled barley, Thai long-grain white rice, basmati rice, Chinese long-grain white rice and calrose medium grain white rice with sauteed chopped Spanish onion and poblano peppers); Hakka-style firm tofu, cubed, sauteed, and then braised in Shitake mushroom soaking liquid, shoyu, finely sliced scallions, Chinese cooking wine, vegetarian oyster sauce, white pepper, minced garlic and ginger, served with sliced shitake mushrooms and thinly sliced scallion greens; monastery-made baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Lasagna made with browned Italian sausage, ground pork, ground beef, monastery-made marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese (non-dairy option Vegan cream made with ground cashews, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt); salad of romaine and lettuce, radishes, red onion, and tomatoes and cucumbers from the monastery roof garden; dressing - white balsamic vinegar, grapeseed oil, salt, pepper, basil.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Calrose rice; hot and sour soup (mushroom stock, dark soy sauce, Chinese dried black mushrooms, small dried tree ear mushrooms, dried lily buds, sliced bamboo shoots, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, light shoyu, salt, firm tofu, sesame oil, white pepper, thinly sliced scallions, fresh coriander leaves, cornstarch to thicken); baechu kimchi.


Monk in gassho - drawing

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 deshi Isshin for samu to tidy the grounds and water the hedges. Thank you to probationary deshi Leonardo Nobrega for painting the front porch steps. To Kathleen Johnson for sourcing, collecting and donating two new cedar trees to help fill out the front garden hedge. To Sam McFarlane for planting the cedars and for harvesting grapes from the rear grape vine. Thank you to Julien Jefferson for applying a protective stain to the new fencing on the east side of the building and to George Donovan and Jean-Francois St-Louis for picking up supplies. Thank you to Carol Hodgson for cleaning the front porch ceiling and Alex Bourne for cleaning the porches and paths.