eMirror Vol 24, No. 39 (2020-09-25)

Photograph by Ven. Saigyo Cross ino, This tree is always one of the first to turn in autumn

Photograph by Ven. Saigyo Cross ino,
This tree is always one of the first to turn in autumn

eMirror Vol 24, No. 39

Friday, September 25th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Maitri does not mean indulging in our thoughts and feelings. It means seeing the tendency to indulge, to identify and to propagate; and it sees also the tendency to avoid and cover over and reject and suppress. But it trusts the clarity of the moment itself. It trusts the dignity of experience itself. It trusts and knows that the moment itself, our experience itself, is so vast and limitless that a contraction, a lie, a contortion, a clenching, must unfold itself within such vastness when it is recognized. Just as a fist must unfurl into an open hand at some point. You can only keep it closed for so long. So in the same way, maitri attends to what is arising, openly, and brings that quality of openness towards what is arising so that what arises, dwells and passes away. So that what comes, goes. Effortlessly, painlessly, spontaneously, freely. Just as your breath comes and goes, just as those candles flicker, everything comes and goes.

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


Icicle hanging from Hojo roof.
Icicle hanging from Hojo roof

Not ‘Elective Surgery’
New 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) began in August and will continue until approximately the end of October. The work is being carried out by Copperstone Renovations.

The three-month project  involves 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). We have had an ongoing problem with a gigantic icicle forming every year on that corner of the building, putting strain on the roof. Making repairs to the underside of the roof to stop the icicle from forming is a requirement of our insurance company, which in turn must meet the requirements of the mortgage company (lenders require insurance) and they set a deadline of a year for us to make the necessary repairs. So this was not ‘elective surgery’ on the building. It had to be taken care of to meet insurance requirements.

The cost of this portion of the work is 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, icicles, insurance companies and mortgage companies don’t stop what they do because of pandemics, so we had to begin fundraising efforts again. 

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

Retreats and Sesshin

Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, September 22nd at her home in the Berkshires. Thach Huang sat a two-day retreat from the afternoon of Thursday, September 17th to the afternoon of Saturday, September 19th at his home in Laval, 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 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 26th to Saturday, October 3rd

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)
Sunday, September 27th: SAkN "Presencing the Open Body" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Opening Past Everything" (5 of 5) 
Monday, September 28th: "Just a Moment" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge Osho-ajari 
Thursday, October 1st: "Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Easy Difficult" (69 of 71)
Saturday, October 3rd: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "True Centre" (8 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


MA KA HANNYA HA RA MITTA SHIN GYO (Japanese characters)

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.

Shodo (J) “Way of the Brush”. The Zen art of brush calligraphy as practice. A “sho” is a work of such calligraphy.

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:
Cubed firm tofu coated in potato starch mixed with rice flour, seasoned with garlic and onion powder, mustard powder, salt and white pepper, deep fried); Jasmine rice mixed with sauteed onion, chopped poblano peppers, scallions, ginger, seasoned with hoisin sauce and garlic; sauteed bok choy with garlic, lime juice and mirin; baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Chicken stew (chopped skinless, boneless chicken thigh, diced onions, carrots, celery, minced garlic, “gigantico” white beans, vegetable stock, thyme, oregano, parsley, red wine vinegar, black pepper; salad of Romaine lettuce, tomato, radicchio, red onion, cucumber. Dressing for salad: blended cashews, lime juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, with finely chopped shallots stirred in before serving.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Cavatappi pasta with tomato sauce and red kidney beans (chopped onion, reconstituted porcini mushrooms, passata, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, parsley, oregano, red chili flakes, a pinch of cumin, red kidney beans); orange bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese; salad of Romaine lettuce with chopped tomatoes, celery, radicchio, red onion, radishes. Salad dressing: blended cashews, lime juice, worcestershire sauce, garlic, Dijon mustard, grapeseed oil, salt and black pepper.


Drawing of monks 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 Jinmyo osho: 
Thank you to Mishin godo, Saigyo ino, Fushin shramon, and David Gallant for the work they did on Sunday during a ‘Samu Day’ at the monastery - treasurer’s work and winterizing the monastery, as well as some repairs. Thank you to all of the students who have been coming to do samu outside of the monastery (such as scraping and painting the three porches, painting the panels used to protect the snowblower, gardening, weeding, removing cobwebs, sweeping, removing trash from the perimeter, and cleaning gardening equipment -- to name a few of the tasks they have done).

From Saigyo ino:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for re-organizing the basement pantry and kitchen. Thank you to Mishin godo for her work as administrator and to Fushin shramon for working on the tasks required as the seasons change towards winter; to deshi Isshin for watering the cedar hedge; to probationary formal student David Gallant for cleaning storages jar, disinfecting rounds in the monastery and for putting together a new desk for the treasurer's office; to probationary formal student Leonardo Nobrega for tiding in the grounds and cleaning the planters used over the summer. Thank you to the following students for their regular samu on various tasks in the grounds of Dainen-ji: Sam McFarlane, Jean-Francois St-Louis, Julien Jefferson, Claude Schryer, Carol Hodgson and Daryl David.

From Isshin:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for a very tasty chicken/giganto bean stew and shopping for groceries for me; to Mishin godo and Fushin shramon for sanitizing the groceries and the Ino for delivering them. Thank you to David for the well constructed face mask. It fits perfectly.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for the countless teisho he has presented over the past 45 years. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for regular daisan, for continual instruction while I'm a resident at Dainen-ji, and for showing me how to be a more effective and efficient human being. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for leading kata during the morning sittings and during Sesshin and O-sesshin.

From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to Saigyo Ino and Mishin godo for our ongoing telephone practice interviews and for the opportunity to ask questions. This is very helpful to maintain the forms and to better understand instructions. For example, the proper breathing sequence during Great Bows. Thanks also to Jinmyo Renge osho for the Notes on Home Practice articles (The Environment of Your Sitting, Beginning a Sitting Round, Practice Materials and Ending A Sitting Round) which is a good reminder of how to do home practice, which is particularly useful during this period of absence from the monastery.