eMirror Vol 24, No. 38 (2020-09-18)

"Shin" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
"Shin" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 24, No. 38

Friday, September 18th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

The beginnings of compassion are to be found in “maitri”, मैत्री which means “friendliness”. It means a kind of tenderness, a kind of warmth. Maitri means recognizing our fears, recognizing our hopes, openly. It means bringing wisdom and mindfulness and confusion together. That’s all that it really means.

When we speak about wisdom and we speak about compassion, of course they sound like different things because we think that wisdom is an intellectual process, or that it has something to do with the mind and that compassion has something to do with feelings in the heart. But of course, in Japanese and in Chinese, one says “xin” 心 or “shin” -- “kokoro” こゝろ, which means “heart”, “mind”. Or one can say “hridayam”  हृदयम्, which means “heart” or “essence” in Sanskrit.

Compassion and wisdom, thoughts and feelings, knowing and experience, body and mind, eyes and ears, fingers and toes, wall and floor, stone and cloud -- all of these are basically the same.

Compassion and wisdom are two ways of talking about what begins to happen when we begin to understand our lives; what begins to happen when we begin to realize What It Is that is living this life.

-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: $27,125.
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.

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 30th. 

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


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

Retreats and Sesshin

Deshi Isshin and Senbo aligned with the sesshin schedule on September 11th, 12th and 13th, and received telephone instruction from Jinmyo osho. Probationary formal student Leonardo Nobrega also aligned with the sesshin schedule and received telephone instruction from Jinmyo osho. Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, September 15th at her home in the Berkshires. Elizabeth Eve sat a half-day retreat on Tuesday, September 15th at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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, September 19th to Saturday, September 26th

Saturday, September 19th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "Radiance In Between" (6 of 15)
Sunday, September 20th: SAkN "Presencing the Open Body" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Opening Past Everything" (5 of 5) 
Monday, September 21st: "Here is Not a Direction" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge Osho-ajari 
Thursday, September 24th: "Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "A Jewel in Bright Light" (68 of 71)
Saturday, September 26th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "What's That Smell" (7 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.


"Tenzo" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
"Tenzo" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

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:
Thai Jasmine rice; bulgogi tofu (cubed deep fried tofu, chopped Spanish onions, poblano peppers, Yellow and red bell peppers, slivered ginger, bulgogi sauce, shoyu); chunks of Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mashed potatoes (Yukon gold and russets with butter, salt, pepper, Dijon mustard); seared pork loin marinated in barbecue sauce with garlic and onion powder, mustard powder, lots of black pepper; steamed green beans with salt, pepper and butter.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Thai Jasmine rice; red lentil dal (red lentils, tomato paste, chopped Spanish onion, diced potatoes, diced carrots, chopped coriander, Zafrani masala, popped mustard seeds, toasted cumin seeds, ground chilis); tomato salad (chopped plum tomatoes, chopped lime and mango pickle, lime juice, small amount of mayonnaise, salt and pepper). 


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 Mishin godo:
Thank you to David Gallant for picking up two big bags of coffee chaff for use in the monastery's compost bins. Thank you to the Happy Goat Roastery for providing the coffee chaff for free. 

From Senbo:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for reading and replying to the weekly practice journals of 20+ public students. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for doing telephone practice interviews with dozens of students as well as writing practice interview reports (for Teachers and the Practice Council). Thank you to Mishin godo for setting up contactless pick-up for Great Matter Publications books. Thank you to Saigyo ino for building a desk for the Roshi.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Ian Richard and George Donovan for donations to the Hojo renovation fund.