Digital image by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
eMirror Vol 24, No. 37
Friday, September 11th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
When we understand that we are all beings and that all beings are no thing at all, then each and every activity is compassion. Then the Three Pure Precepts [of the Sixteen Bosatsu-kai] describe our mind and body:
Wrong action does not arise.
There is only the arising of benefit.
There is only the benefit of all beings.
But in order to realize and manifest such compassion, we must begin the long, immediate, thorough, and direct practice of facing ourselves as we are.
We cannot face ourselves as we are if we come to our experience with judgment. We already come to it with so many habits, so many tendencies, so many pre-dispositions and fears, so many hopes and absurd, twisted little dreams, so many fantasies, so many strategies. We already come to it with so much, please: let us not come to it with judgment as well.
-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
Hojo renovation funds raised to date: $24,275.
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.
September 16th and 30th.
The September 2-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13th.
The Roshi is currently in an extended period of "self-isolation" due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.
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, September 8th at her home in the Berkshires. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, September 3rd at her home in Chamcook, New Brunswick. Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, September 3rd at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chantal Maheu sat a one-day retreat on Monday, September 6th at her home in Aylmer, Quebec.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, September 12th to Saturday, September 19th
Saturday, September 12th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "You Look Fine" (5 of 15)
Monday, September 14th: “Every Breath You Take”: Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei’s Comments on “The Practice of Purity”: “Goals" (Dharma Talk 4)
Thursday, September 17th: "Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Feeling" (67 of 71)
Saturday, September 19th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "Radiance In Between" (6 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
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.
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
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
(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 email@example.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.
Mixed grain (sona masoori, Thai Jasmine rice, white and brown basmati rice, peared barley, calrose short-grain rice); jiggae (Korean stew made from chopped Spanish onion, chopped Napa cabbage, sliced deep-fried tofu, vegetable stock, ginger, garlic, miso, shoyu and white pepper); sauteed gai lan (Chinese broccoli) seasoned with lime juice, garlic, and black pepper; seared haricots verts with minced garlic and white pepper.
Lo mein (lo mein noodles), thin strips of chicken, slivered carrots, poblano peppers and scallions, vegetarian oyster sauce, ginger, garlic, dark shoyu for colour; thinly sliced pork loin with batonettes of celery, scallions sliced on the bias and cremini mushrooms with vegetarian oyster sauce.
Breakfast for supper: hash browns (diced potatoes and Spanish onions seasoned with garlic and paprika), fried eggs, roasted tomatoes, and baked beans.
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 mincing a large amount of garlic that was given to the monastery by Denise Beaudot (thank you Denise!). Thank you to Saigyo ino for repairing the door to my room which was thumping and banging with every draft.
From Chantal Maheu:
Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for phone practice interviews since the beginning of confinement. Their instructions, guidance and humor is most appreciated.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to the following for donations to the Hojo renovation fund: Jinmyo osho, Jean-Francois St. Louis, Graham Mayeda, Thach Hoang, Daryl David, Albert Thibodeau, Bruce O'Roak. Thank you to Saigyo ino for a donation towards workshop improvements. Thank you to Jack Bradley, Daniel Paulin, Daivd Turner, and Adda Hernandez for donations.